Coriandrum sativum

Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum

Common Name(s): Coriander

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Description:

An annual herb with dark green, parsley-like leaves and small white or purplish-tinged flowers. The leaves, which have a distinctive taste, are known by various culinary terms, including coriander, dhania, cilantro and Chinese parsley

Family: Apiaceae

Botanical Pronunciation: kore-ee-AN-drum suh-TYE-vum

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Deciduous
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Frost Sensitive
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Non Indigenous
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Full Sun
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Half Sun
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Moderate Watering
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Pruning Required

Flowers

Description:
The plant produces small white or purplish-tinged flowers.


Foliage

Description:
An annual herb with dark green, parsley-like leaves


Interesting Info

When grown in summer, the plants go to seed within four months. In winter, coriander is usually grown for its leaves which have a distinctive taste.

Maintenance

Seeds germinate quickly; keep seedlings moist.

Origin

Eastern Mediterranean.

Planting Instructions

Sow in a sunny spot. Seed formation in coriander is hindered by proximity to fennel, so don’t grow these plants near each other.

Possible Problems

Seed formation in coriander is hindered by proximity to fennel, so don’t grow these plants near each other.

Size

600mm *

Uses

The leaves are used in Indian, Thai, Mediterranean and contemporary cooking. The mature seeds, always called coriander, are ground or crushed and used for flavouring Indian dishes, breads and cakes, and as a component of pickling spice.

When to Sow

Sow seed during spring or autumn.

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