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Jun 7, 2020 8:11 AM CST
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I've tried to look up pictures of both, but they both look identical. If you only have the plant flowering, with no leaves, how do you differentiate between the 2?
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Jun 7, 2020 11:12 AM CST
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Try smelling the flowers. You may have to crush them.
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Jun 7, 2020 1:52 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Samman, only just saw your question; I spend more time in the garden than at the computer.

Cilantro and parsley flowers are both umbels (think "umbrella"), flower heads made up of other smaller flowers on "spokes." That's as technical as I'll get.

Cilantro umbels have six spokes. Parsley umbels have a lot more.

I'm going to attempt to load front and back photos and a one of the cilantro having formed seed. Cilantro seeds are known as coriander.

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Well, I managed to get the cilantro seed head. Don't think the others are showing up. I'm better in the dirt. If I don't succeed, just google parsley flower photos and you'll see what I mean about the "spokes."
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Jun 7, 2020 2:23 PM CST
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nmoasis said:Samman, only just saw your question; I spend more time in the garden than at the computer.

Cilantro and parsley flowers are both umbels (think "umbrella"), flower heads made up of other smaller flowers on "spokes." That's as technical as I'll get.

Cilantro umbels have six spokes. Parsley umbels have a lot more.

I'm going to attempt to load front and back photos and a one of the cilantro having formed seed. Cilantro seeds are known as coriander.

Thumb of 2020-06-07/nmoasis/9e0b11
Well, I managed to get the cilantro seed head. Don't think the others are showing up. I'm better in the dirt. If I don't succeed, just google parsley flower photos and you'll see what I mean about the "spokes."




When you say spokes, do you mean the round bulbous heads? I.E. For cilantro, each stem will have a cluster of those 6 heads?
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Jun 7, 2020 2:33 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Parsly:
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Cilantro:
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Jun 7, 2020 2:42 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Samman, just posted the pix when your question appeared.

Each umbel--what looks like the flower at the end of the main stalk coming from the plant--is made up of several smaller flowers, each on its own little stalk, what I call "spokes". Do you see that?

In the photos I posted, the cilantro has six "spokes". The parsley has several ( didn't count them). However, this is curly parsley. My Italian flat-leaf isn't blooming.

To make it more confusing, if you look closely, you'll see that the little flowers ALSO are umbels and have little tiny spokes of their own. I'm NOT referring to those.

Does this help?
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Jun 7, 2020 3:00 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Those little bulbous heads in the first pic are seeds that have formed from the flowers. By spokes, I mean like the spokes of a bicycle wheel: straight lines radiating from a center point. Little stalks, also known as rays.

Try googling images of "parts of an umbel". Lots of info and informative diagrams. Interesting stuff!
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Jun 7, 2020 3:13 PM CST
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Region: Northeast US
nmoasis said:Those little bulbous heads in the first pic are seeds that have formed from the flowers. By spokes, I mean like the spokes of a bicycle wheel: straight lines radiating from a center point. Little stalks, also known as rays.

Try googling images of "parts of an umbel". Lots of info and informative diagrams. Interesting stuff!


To put it simply, based off the pictures, it appears parsley has a lot more of those spikes than cilantro (I assume those are the spokes). Parsley is more "spikier" than cilantro.
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Jun 7, 2020 3:25 PM CST
Name: Zoë
Albuquerque NM, Elev 5310 ft (Zone 7b)
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Yeah, you've got it! Hope all this helped.

And thanks for giving me the incentive to learn how to post photos. Smiling
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