Origin: Central/Eastern Mediterranean
Scientific Name: Petroselinum crispum
Folk Names: Devil’s oatmeal, percely, persil, petersilie
Associated Celebrations: Shadowfest
Deities: Aphrodite, Persephone, Venus
Parts used: Leaves
Magical Properties: Lust, protection, prosperity, purification
Part Used: Seeds or leaves
Extraction Method: Steam distillation
Flash Point: 48°C
Scent Type: Herbaceous
Perfume Note: Middle
Scent Description: Woody-spicy, herbaceous scent
- Avoid during pregnancy.
- May cause skin irritation and sensitisation, dilute double for topical application.
- Phototoxic: Do not expose skin to sunlight for 12-72 hours after topical use.
Plant Height: 1m-35m
Leaves: Bright green, 10-25cm tripinnate leaves, with 1-3cm leaflets, either flat or curly
Flowers: Flowering spike with umbels of yellow-green flowers
Fruit: Ovate, 2-3mm long
Etymology: From the Ancient Greek petroselinon for “rock-celery” (petra = rock, selinon = celery).
In the Garden
Light: Full to partial sun
Water: Keep damp
Soil: Rich, well-drained
- Plant seeds in final position, as parsley dislikes being transplanted.