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Coriander

Coriandrum sativum 'Lemon'

Also known as

Cilantro, Dhania, Koljander (Afr.)

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

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Coriander Overview

This cultivar has a Lemon aroma to it's leaves and seed. Coriander is an annual herb that is often used in curries, chutneys and even soups. It can be used as insect repellent too, but the seeds are the mainly used as a spice - often with meat in the making of biltong. Coriander is a multi-use plant that has also been used in homoeopathic digestive remedies. The umbels of white to soft pink flowers make it an attractive plant that can be used in bedding displays in cottage gardens.

Common problems with Coriander

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

Coriander Companion Plants

How to harvest Coriander

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 Coriander

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 Coriander

Attracts butterflies

Attracts bees

Repels harmful insects

Repels Aphids and Carrot Root Fly

Other uses of Coriander

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.