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Coriander, Cilantro, Chinese Parsley
Scientific Name: Coriandrum sativum L.
Family: Apiaceae
Coriander, Cilantro, Chinese Parsley (Coriandrum sativum)
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Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones
USDA: 5-10

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Probably Asia Minor

Growth Habits: Short lived annual herb, up to 2 feet tall (60 cm) or more when in bloom, 18 inches spread (45 cm)

Watering Needs: Regular water

Propagation: Seeds in the spring

The foliage of the cilantro is similar to flat leaf parsley, but has a very distinctive scent. All part of the coriander are used as herb. The leaves and stem as cilantro, the seeds in meat dishes, confections and pot-pourris.

Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. Illustrated flora of the northern states and Canada. Vol. 2: 647. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.

Cultural Practices:
Goes to seed quickly, so it is necessary to plant it every 2 weeks in summer to have a continuous supply of cilantro. Plant 4 inches apart (10 cm) for leaf production. Harvest the leaves before the plants bolt. When collecting the seeds, rub them between your hands to eliminate the seed coat.

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