Cilantro grows fast in the cool weather of spring and fall, creating a rosette of lacy leaves. It has a pungent odor and is widely used in Mexican, Caribbean and Asian cooking including salads, salsas and soups. For best flavor, harvest before flowers appear in summer.
It needs at least 6 hours of sun daily. Water as needed all season to keep soil evenly moist. Pinch off flowers for best leaf production. Feed with a vegetable fertilizer.
Note: The cilantro seed is known as coriander.
Type of Plant: Herb
Distinguishing Characteristics: Pungent odor, lacy leaves, many culinary uses
Water Use: Moderate
Flower Color: NA
Sun/Location: Full Sun