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Eryngium foetidum

Family: Apiaceae (ay-pee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Eryngium (er-RIN-jee-um) (Info)
Species: foetidum (FET-uh-dum) (Info)

4 vendors have this plant for sale.

21 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade

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Bloom Color:
Medium Blue

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

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:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Bag seedheads to capture ripening seed
Collect seedhead/pod when flowers fade; allow to dry
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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3 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive noramontie On Jan 6, 2013, noramontie from Port St. Lucie, FL (Zone 10a) wrote:

I love this plant. I used to grow cilantro but it bolts so fast. This plant will stick around if you remove flower buds. I trim the serrated edges off the leaves and use them to make anything you want cilantro in. The aroma and flavor is outstanding. A little goes a long way. I have mine in my raised bed veggie gardens under the shade of tomato or zucchini plants and it does just fine. It gets watered about every other day. Pinder's nursery in Palm City, FLorida sells it.

Positive williamca On Jun 17, 2012, williamca from Plant City, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

Our plants came from the local supermarket and although the bloom spike may get to 12" the plant is rather flat and about 8" tall. We always use it to replace cilantro in recipes as the flavor and pungency is much greater. It grows well in strong light rather than full sun. It does well in pots which is how we grow herbs except oregano and rosemary. We rate Culantro in the top four fresh herbs we use.

Negative BarbaraParis On Apr 13, 2012, BarbaraParis from Comerio, PR (Zone 11) wrote:

I hate hate this plant... it is invasive here. You could plant one plant and months later there are hundreds of culantros everywhere. It is very hard to eradicate. The roots are like carrots and a tiny piece of root is enough to make another plant grow... The flowers are very sharp and the leaves have pointy edges that can be sharp too.

I wold like it if it wasn't so invasive and sharp. I think that thing would grow even in herbicide LOL.

Positive Dorne On May 4, 2006, Dorne from Puerto Plata
Dominican Republic wrote:

I live in the Caribbean, Dominican Republic. I have known strange reactions to cultivating this plant. When grown at the side of a gravel path the seeds fell into the gravel during the summer which is very hot and dry here. The plants grew well in the gravel path but not well in the earth. The possiton of the plants were such that they got the sun up unitl around 2pm and then were in shadow from the building. The dropped seeds grew prolifically in the gravel when the rains became more often the following 'spring'. A plant put in a freinds garden survived well during the rains and seeded but the seeds did not grow at all as the garden was allowed to dry out at times. As the seeds had grown prolifically in the gravel indications are definately that the roots should never get dry at all. It dosnt seem to matter if the plants are in full sun or shade just that the roots should never dry out.

Neutral Hogwaump On Oct 21, 2005, Hogwaump from Rosedale, WV (Zone 7b) wrote:

Haven't tried it yet, but is supposed to work as an annual herb in the north. It tastes like regular Coriander/Cilantro, but more pungent.


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

El Mirage, Arizona
Ceres, California
Richmond, California
Hollywood, Florida
Jacksonville, Florida
Ocala, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida
Plant City, Florida
Port Saint Lucie, Florida
Pukalani, Hawaii
Chicago, Illinois
Marrero, Louisiana
Swansboro, North Carolina
Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania
Ponce, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico

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