Alexanders Ancient Parsley – seed packet – $2.99
Related tags: Insectary plant, Umbel Family
(Petroselinum alexandrinum or Smyrnium olusatrum) Biennial or short-lived perennial in the Umbel Family, native to the Mediterranean. Rare. We are thrilled to be offering this selection! Also called “Black Lovage” because of color of seeds. Shiny compound leaves form clump first year, remain evergreen through winter in milder climates such as the Pacific NW. Umbels of white flowers appear in second year, or later. to 36” tall. All parts of the plant are edible and medicinal, tasting like strong, half-wild Celery. The root is especially aromatic and life affirming. Named after Alexander the Great, who insisted on bringing it along on his conquests. A popular vegetable and herb until the Middle Ages, then forgotten when Celery was discovered. Well worth bringing back.
Planting suggestions: Average garden soil is sufficient, especially if amended with compost. Part sun to part shade. Direct-sow late Fall through Spring, or start in flats. Germination can be slow and erratic. Space 12-24” apart. Prefers regular irrigation; can die down completely during heat of summer if not watered, but then return in fall. Harvest leaves first year, root starting second year, seeds when they have turned black. Resist urge to invade Middle East as Alexander did; those folks have enough trouble as it is.
Contains at least 100 seeds. Packed for 2016.
This is the best deal we’ve seen online for Alexanders seeds