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Coriandrum sativum (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)
Coriandrum sativum (photo courtesy of Linda Lamb Peters)

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Zones A1-A3, 1-45, H1, H2
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Coriandrum sativum

Cilantro, Coriander
Apiaceae (Umbelliferae)
Annuals, Herbs

Mediterranean native grows to 1–1 1/2 ft. high, 9 in.wide. Delicate fernlike foliage; flat clusters of pinkish white flowers in summer. Both fresh leaves (cilantro) and seeds (coriander) are widely used as seasoning. Leaves are popular in salads and many cooked dishes; crush the aromatic seeds for use in sausage, beans, stews, baked goods. Grow in good, well-drained soil.

Start from seed (including coriander seed sold in grocery stores) in early spring after all danger of frost is past. In low desert areas, plant in autumn; goes to seed and dies in late spring heat. Sow in place; plant is taprooted and transplants poorly. Grows quickly, self-sows.

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