Petroselinum crispum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaApiaceaePetroselinumPetroselinum crispum


A biennial herb which forms small but persistent colonies on cliffs, banks and waste ground in coastal areas. These colonies usually have uncrisped leaves. The crisped form which is commonly grown in gardens occurs as a casual close to habitation both near the sea and inland. Lowland.



World Distribution

A cultivated species of uncertain origin which is now widely naturalised in Europe and other continents.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 7

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5

Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 1

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 4.2

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 15.8

Annual Precipitation (mm): 819

Height (cm): 75

Perennation - primary

Biennial, including monocarpic perennials

Life Form - primary




Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 401

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 42

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 10

Atlas Change Index: -0.34

JNCC Designations