Botanical Name: Coriandrum sativum 'Coriander'
Height: 16 inches; including flowers is 24 - 30 inches.
Spacing: 3 - 4 inches between plants; 12 - 24 inches between rows.
Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch.
Spread: 12 inches.
Sun/Shade: Full sun.
Foliage: Green foliage.
Days To Maturity: 45 days.
Form: Annual. Herb.
Soil Requirements: Well-drasined sandy, organic soil.
Growth Rate: Medium growth rate.
Seed Count: Approximately 50 seeds per packet.
Size: 1/8 inch diameter.
Comments: Annual-Biennial. Leaves are pungent and used fresh or dried. Foliage is used as Cilantro and Chinese Parsley while the dried seeds are known as Coriander. Foliage has persistent 'hot' flavor. Seeds have a sage-citrus flavor. Attracts bees and other pollinators.
You'll get two spices from one plant when you grow cilantro. Add flavor and spice to your favorite dishes with the pungent cilantro leaves and a citrus note with the coriander seeds. Both add excitement and dimension to many dishes.
Simply plant the coriander seeds in well-drained soil in full sun. The plants grow well in zones 3 to 9 to a height of about 16 inches. Space the plants about 3 to 4 inches apart for plant spread and allow 12 to 24 inches between rows. About 45 days after planting the coriander/cilantro (Coriandrum sativum 'Coriander'), you will have bright green, spicy cilantro leaves to be used in the kitchen. Later on, dry the coriander seeds that form for an aromatic treat.
A mainstay in Mexican cooking, cilantro can be used in many dishes. Dried, both coriander and cilantro will be a welcome addition to your spice rack. Enjoy two taste sensations in one easy-to-grow, versatile plant.
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