A picture of a Cilantro

Cilantro

Coriandrum sativum

Also known as

Chinese Parsley, Coriander

Starr 070906-8875 Coriandrum sativum by Forest & Kim Starr (CC BY 3.0)

Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Frost Hardy

3a-8b

USDA zone

-40°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

50cm

Max

50cm

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has a mild fragrance

More images of Cilantro

Flor de Coentro
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Coriandrum sativum - coriander flower
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A scene of Coriander leaves

Cilantro Overview

Coriandrum sativum is an annual herb that is often used in curries, chutneys and even soups. It is commonly called Coriander or Cilantro. Coriander is a multi-use plant that has also been used in homoeopathic digestive remedies. The umbels of purple flowers make it an attractive plant that can also be used in bedding displays for cottage-style gardens. It can be used as insect repellent too, the seeds and leaves are used in cooking, often with meat in the making of biltong.

Common problems with Cilantro

Aphids, various mites, thrips and whitefly. Check under the leaves and inspect regularly.

Cilantro Companion Plants

How to harvest Cilantro

Harvest the young leaves constantly throughout the growing season though they do not store dry well. Freezing the fresh leaves is the best storage method. Let the seeds dry on the plants and harvest when brown.

How to propagate Cilantro

Seed

Sowing time ideally in spring/summer. The spacing between 15-20 cm with a sowing depth of 6-8 mm. Germination time on average is around 7-12 days. Thin or replant the little seedlings as soon as they can be handled.

Special features of Cilantro

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Repels harmful insects

Repels Aphids and Carrot Root Fly

Other uses of Cilantro

Culinary

Edible

Leaves are used to flavour spicy Asian or Middle Eastern dishes. The dried seeds is an important herb in biltong and boerewors. The leaves have a different taste from the seeds.

Insect repellent

The scent of the leaves keep flies away.

Medicinal

It has been used in several homoeopathic digestive remedies.

Edibles to Sow Outdoors in March

If the soil is warm enough, get an early start on the growing year by direct sowing these into prepared beds.

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Microgreens

Grow these leafy greens in your windowsill over the winter months for quick and tasty micro leaves.

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