Curly Parsley

Petroselinum crispom


Remember that attractive green garnish on your plate? Parsley is a wonderful finishing touch sprinkled on food, background flavor, liaison of flavors, flavor extender or garnish.

Parsley is a very versatile plant, supposedly rich in Vitamin C. Once established it is a delightful addition to the garden. It makes a nice border, several grouped together or a focal plant especially in a rock garden. Parsley has long been used by many cultures from the Greeks who mostly used in ceremonial ways. In the Middle Ages it found its way into group of medicinal herbs. Both varieties of Parsley grow well in pots. Flat leaf is less likely to winterkill in marginal areas than curly leaf.

Parsley is hard to transplant so sow in peat pots for setting where desired or direct sow. Parsley will grow in a sunny window for winter use. Pick often, paying special care to removing outer leaves and flower stalks to continue production.

Main problems in growing are crown rot and occasional invasion of weevils or worms but not often enough to cause problems. Parsley has a long history of medicinal uses. Don’t neglect this plant – attractive foliage, very few pests, nutritional.

Season of Bloom
Summer
Height
up to 2 feet tall.
Soil
well drained.
Exposure
full Sun 6-8 hours.
Propagation
Start from seed or purchase plants at your local nursery.

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mullein

Verbscum thapsus

Appalachian Mountains,Piedmont and the Coastal areas.

This plant has quite a few interesting names – Blanket-leaf , old man’s flannel and grandmother’s flannel (because of its soft leaves), Candlewick (from one of its uses), Jacob’s staff (referencing its height - including the flower it reached about 8’ in the field near my house), While the leaves are rather large, sometimes 16 to 18” in length, smaller at the top, ending in a rosette at the base, this plant will overwhelm a small garden.

Mullein can be striking in a larger area, especially one featuring grey plants. Its leaves are so very soft, very similar to Lamb’s Ear. Rarely do I see it offered for sale but it is a quite common sight along the roadside. It is also found in areas just recently disturbed. Stand back, it is a rapid grower

mullein

Uses: flower stalk can be dipped in oil and used as a taper. It has been used in various medicinal remedies. Several species of birds eat its seeds


Season of Bloom
Summer
Height
up to 8-9 feet
Flower Color
flower spikes covered with yellow flowers. Blooming from June to September.
Soil
poor, dry soil, prefers open areas.
Exposure
full Sun 6-8 hours.
Propagation
seeds, germination 10 days, self-sows freely Growing conditions.