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Cilantro Coriandrum sativum

Growing Cilantro: Tips at a Glance

Cilantro is an herb that grows quickly in cool seasons (harvest the leaves before it flowers for the best flavor) and a doubly useful culinary plant because its seeds are the spice we call coriander.

  • Type Aromatic herb
  • Lifespan Biennial
  • USDA Zones All
  • Water 1 inch per week
  • Growing Season Spring, fall
  • Summer Too hot, they will bolt
  • Sun Full, partial shade
  • Care Tip Snip often, gets leggy
  • Companion Herbs Mint, basil, parsley
  • Perk Entire plant edible

Cilantro: A Field Guide

In a love affair with cilantro, timing is everything. Turn your back and it may bolt.

The leaves of C. sativum are called cilantro and the seeds coriander. Cilantro is a cool-season fast-grower. Best to plant in spring and fall because summer heat could prompt bolting, a premature growth of flowers and seeds. All is not lost, however. Harvest, dry, and grind the coriander seeds. Slow-bolting cilantro varieties such as ‘Costa Rica’, ‘Leisure’, and ‘Long Standing’ are worth a try. Cilantro is packed with vitamins A, K, and C, and also is a heavy-metal detoxifier.

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