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PlantFiles: Coriander, Cilantro, Chinese Parsley
Coriandrum sativum

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Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Coriandrum (kor-ee-AN-drum) (Info)
Species: sativum (sa-TEE-vum) (Info)

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Category:
Annuals
Herbs

Height:
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

Spacing:
9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

Hardiness:
Not Applicable

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Danger:
N/A

Bloom Color:
Rose/Mauve
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Grown for foliage
Aromatic

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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9 positives
2 neutrals
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive MaryNeedsSleep On May 23, 2010, MaryNeedsSleep from Morgantown, WV wrote:

Easy to grow, easy to save seeds. In the hottest part of the summer, it bolts in about 3 weeks here, so I grow it in a large bowl planter and reseed part of the planter every couple weeks. It has a taproot so it doesn't like to be transplanted, but I do transplant the first seedlings of the spring and they do fine for several weeks before bolting.

As a side note, the people who find that cilantro tastes like soap may be genetically unable to smell/taste the chemicals in the leaf that the rest of us adore -- google Dr. Wysocki, Monell Chemical Senses Center, soap, cilantro. People who hate it REALLY hate it (because they taste soap!) so I don't use it when cooking for a group unless I know everyone enjoys it. Chopping it finely may reduce the soap taste by activating enzymes in the leaves that slowly convert the offending aldehydes into odorless substances. That probably doesn't mean that cilantro haters would like cilantro pesto, however -- it would probably just taste bland to them.

Positive dmj1218 On Feb 3, 2009, dmj1218 from west Houston, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

It's a winter growing herb here in the deep south--dormant by end of June. Sometimes its perennial and begins growing again in the fall when it cools down and sometimes its not.

Neutral thecrewsc On Jan 18, 2009, thecrewsc from Summerville, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:

Have had success and failure with this plant. Does well some years, very pooly others. Usually well in a window with good light and moderate temps. It doesn't like acidic soils.
Like other plants in this family (parsley, dill, fennel, queen anne's lace, carrots, anise) it is a host plant for Anise and Eastern Black Swallowtails.
Unless growing in a sunny window for culinary use, it's best saved for the butterfly gardens.
For me, I'll keep growing it indoors and out.

Positive cejae On Mar 27, 2008, cejae from North Richland Hills, TX wrote:

Grow this plant along with various chili peppers for use in my homemade salsa and pepper jellies. Some of it went to seed last year and now I have it popping up several places in my garden. This is a plus for me!

Positive collincountytx On Feb 21, 2006, collincountytx from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Zone 8; ammended clay soil; dryish, partial shade. Fastest growing herb I've tried. Planted seeds directly in ground mid fall (no cold frame). Thrived throughout the winter (even with three 72 hour freezes) Attractive bright green foliage. Now enjoying in salads, soups, salsa.

Positive Gabrielle On Feb 4, 2006, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

Cilantro is a bit of an aquired taste. It sort of reminds me of dishsoap, but I do like a little in guacamole. I don't use much of it, but still like to plant it.

Positive purewildbarley On Jan 10, 2006, purewildbarley from Orem, UT wrote:

On a whim I planted some cilantro this summer in a pot on the only porch I have: a shady stairwell. It grew, but not quickly. I transplanted some to a spot next to a south-facing window once it grew cold, and it grew quite well (even in basement apartment conditions! This should be encouragement for anyone seeking to grow indoor cilantro).

And now, just when it is starting to develop seeds, I have found the wretched whitefly is attacking it! I have put it in isolation ("detox") and clipped off the leaves that had the little whitefly scales on it. I would like to save the plant so I can get some seeds from it. Does anyone know how to eradicate whitefly? I prefer organic measures -- especially as this is a plant I am harvesting.

Neutral Terry On Aug 7, 2003, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Love the taste in salsa, but it can be VERY weedy. Do not allow it to go to seed, as you'll find yourself digging out cilantro seedlings for years to come.

Negative suncatcheracres On Aug 6, 2003, suncatcheracres from Old Town, FL wrote:

I like the taste of cilantro a lot and have tried for years to grow it, but have never been successful here in Florida. I have tried both bought plants and seeds in pots, in the ground, in sandy soil, in rich soil, in sun, in part shade--but I have never, ever, gotten past the large seedling stage, when all my plants up and died. From reading other's comments I think the problem is too much rain here in Florida. So from now on I will have to buy my cilantro at the supermarket, and feel like an adject failure as an herb grower.

I had beautiful herbs in my yard in a suburb of Atlanta, Georgia, zone 7b, and they survived snow and hail storms and 6 F degree winter lows, but in 10 years of living in St. Petersburg, zone 9b, and now here in Northcentral Florida, zone 8b, I have never really been very successful with herbs, except semi-tropicals like lemon grass and annual basils. I do think the problem is the hot, wet summers. Even my water loving mints are looking pretty scraggly by now in August.

Negative PurplePansies On Jul 16, 2003, PurplePansies from Deal, NJ (Zone 7a) wrote:

Delicious leaves for a variety of dishes, but failed to grow well in my garden. Dislikes rainy spells, and seems to dislike being transplanted. Mine were eaten HEAVILY by aphids.

Positive bellagato On Jun 7, 2003, bellagato from Atwater, CA wrote:

I grew up with this plant...Cilantro is a wonderful plant and spice to use in many dishes, especially salsa and guacamole. It gives it that final touch that many dishes need. I grow it in my garden yearly and with lots of sun and water, just grows and grows. Cut the fresh leaves continually before it goes to flower and seed to keep it from fraying away. Love this plant!

Positive devanti8 On Jun 6, 2003, devanti8 from Davison, MI wrote:

Cilantro is my favorite fresh spice. It's easy to grow and is the perfect comliment in any tomato dish. It has a fresh clean smell! If you ever make your fresh salsa ...Use fesh roma tomatoes, red onion, lime, red pepper and fresh cilantro!!!!! It's the best! I left mine in the garden and it went ahead and grew for me again the following year!

Positive lupinelover On Jan 24, 2003, lupinelover from Grove City, OH (Zone 6a) wrote:

Cilantro is a great herb to grow and to use. The leaves become unpalatable when flowering starts, though. Coriander is the same plant, the seeds are used for flavoring sweets.

It should be direct-sown from spring through summer for a long harvest; transplanting usually makes it bolt.

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Seward, Alaska
Goodyear, Arizona
Kingman, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Alexander, Arkansas
Atwater, California
Castro Valley, California
Larkfield-wikiup, California
Long Beach, California
Los Angeles, California
Menifee, California
Oak View, California
Rancho Palos Verdes, California
San Francisco, California
Altamonte Springs, Florida
Hollywood, Florida (2 reports)
Rockledge, Florida
Welaka, Florida
West Palm Beach, Florida
Carrollton, Georgia
Decatur, Georgia
Flora, Indiana
Barbourville, Kentucky
Mount Sterling, Kentucky
Jonesville, Louisiana
Marrero, Louisiana
Lisbon, Maine
Litchfield, Maine
Raymond, Maine
Brighton, Massachusetts
Battle Creek, Michigan
Davison, Michigan
Blue Springs, Missouri
Las Vegas, Nevada
Port Norris, New Jersey
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Henderson, North Carolina
Belfield, North Dakota
Coalgate, Oklahoma
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Owasso, Oklahoma
Portland, Oregon
Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania
Summerville, South Carolina
Clarksville, Tennessee
Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Austin, Texas (3 reports)
Brownsville, Texas
Carrollton, Texas
Dallas, Texas
Houston, Texas (3 reports)
North Richland Hills, Texas
Pflugerville, Texas
Round Rock, Texas
Chantilly, Virginia
Leesburg, Virginia
Palmyra, Virginia
Camano Island, Washington
Olympia, Washington
Spokane, Washington
Morgantown, West Virginia
Volga, West Virginia



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