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Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Josée Bouthot)
Coriandrum sativum
  • Coriandrum sativum
  • Coriandrum sativum 'Delfino'



Origin and description

Coriander, probably native to the Mediterranean, has been cultivated since Antiquity. Today it is very popular in Asia and Latin America. The plant is consumed for its delicate, lacy leaves and its fruit, often mistakenly called seeds.
Cycle: annual.
Spacing: 20 cm.
Height: 75 cm.

Species, cultivars and related plants

Cilantro types, including the 'Santo' and 'Jantar' cultivars, are grown mostly for their leaves. They are slower to go to seed.

Common name


Latin name (genus)

Coriandrum sativum

English common name

French common name

Botanical family

  • Apiaceae

Growing conditions

Exposure: Full sun.


Sow seed outdoors in May and again in June for a continuous crop.


Harvesting: Leaves as desired and cut stems when fruit ripen.

Culinary use:  The fruit are used whole or ground in marinades, curry dishes, meat, fish, cheeses and pastries. They are also used to flavour gin and some other alcoholic beverages. The leaves add a characteristic taste to many foods, including sauces, salads, soups and sandwiches.

See also

Pests and diseases
Physiological disorders

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