Most people know that parsley is a versatile herb that can be used in cooking. It comes in both curly and flat-leaf forms, with the flat-leaf having the strongest flavor.

Here in Florida, the time to plant parsley is in late fall or early winter. You can purchase transplants or start your own plants from seed. The seeds can be slow to germinate, so soak them in water overnight before planting. Being a cool-season plant, parsley may start to fade when hot weather arrives.

And here's a fun fact you may not know about parsley—it's also a host plant for caterpillars of the black swallowtail butterfly. So even if you don't cook with it, the caterpillars will appreciate your parsely plant.

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