Coriandrum sativum

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