white spots on parsley

Asked August 17, 2019, 1:47 PM EDT

Hello, Thank you for your time in answering my question. I am growing flat leaf parsley and there are white spots on them. Wondering what it is, and is it still safe to eat. It gets lots of sun, faces east, still getting full sun now at almost 2pm. kind regards.

Prince George's County Maryland

1 Response

Hi- there are several sucking insect pests- leafhoppers, aphids, whitefly, etc.- that will feed on parsley and produce the small white spots (stipples) on the leaf surfaces. The parsley is fine to eat. If you closely examine the leaf undersides and disturb the plant to see which insects fly off the plant, you may determine the actual culprit. The pest insect(s). These insects are considered minor pests and spraying insecticides is not generally recommended to control them on herb plants. You could apply insecticidal soap or horticultural oil next year early in the season if you detect feeding injury.