The Main Plant entry for Cilantros (Coriandrum sativum)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Plant Height: 18-24 inches
Plant Spread: 9-12 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Sow in situ
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon

Common names
  • Cilantro
  • Coriander
  • Chinese Parsley
  • Dhania

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  • Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Jun 16, 2013 8:52 PM concerning plant:
    This herb has its best flavor fresh, but it has a tendency to bolt (set seed) quickly .
    You can tell when it is going to bolt. The new leaves are very fine.

    Cut the plant and refrigerate, putting the stems in water and loosely covering the top (greens) with a plastic bag.
    I have been able to keep it fresh about 4 weeks this way.

    It can also be cleaned and frozen whole. Chop before thawing and add to your recipe.
  • Posted by Newyorkrita (North Shore, Long Island, NY ) on Sep 24, 2013 6:41 PM concerning plant:
    Cilantro is an herb commonly used in Mexican cooking. I usually grow Cilantro in a pot and start from seed myself. I like to add Cilantro to salsa, especially salsa verde.
  • Posted by bitbit (Baltimore County, MD - Zone 7a) on Sep 21, 2011 7:03 PM concerning plant:
    The leaves of this plant are the herb cilantro, popular in Mexican cuisine, and the seeds are the spice coriander, used to spice curries and many other dishes.
  • Posted by sallyg (central Maryland - Zone 7b) on Dec 13, 2018 10:07 PM concerning plant:
    I've tried several times to grow cilantro from seed, different sources, and have mostly failed. They germinate and get a couple leaves, then struggle and turn yellow. It may be easy to overwater the tiny seedlings. I've also read it prefers cool weather. It has not been easy to grow for me.
Plant Events from our members
lovesblooms On February 28, 2017 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On February 9, 2017 Seeds sown
lovesblooms On January 29, 2015 Seeds sown
winter sown
thomas On February 21, 2016 Seeds sown
NikkiGerena On June 23, 2017 Plant emerged
NikkiGerena On June 1, 2017 Plant Ended (Removed, Died, Discarded, etc)
Wildlife ended this planting.
NikkiGerena On May 21, 2017 Plant emerged
NikkiGerena On April 30, 2017 Seeds sown
3AmigosGarden On September 1, 2017 Seeds sown
3AmigosGarden On August 30, 2017 Obtained plant
Pima County Seed Library
LizDTM On September 25, 2017 Seeds sown
thepurplebug On June 10, 2019 Seeds germinated
thepurplebug On June 3, 2019 Seeds sown
Seeds planted in a container in front of the house.
antsinmypants On May 21, 2022 Seeds sown
Indoors under lights on heat mat
antsinmypants On April 27, 2021 Seeds sown
In greenhouse
aspenhill On May 4, 2020 Obtained plant
Black Creek Greenhouse - qty 2
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Discussion Threads about this plant
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wanna grow coriander in my balcony in pots. by SakshiA Mar 21, 2020 1:46 PM 0

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