Coriandrum sativum


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Key information

Plant type


Flower colour



Flowers, Aromatic foliage


Half hardy

Skill level


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Plant details

Coriander is a fast-growing and well-known flavouring, and one of the traditional Passover bitter herbs. Most plants are dual-purpose, grown both for their pungent leaves (lower and upper leaves have subtly different flavours) and the warmly aromatic seeds, which have been used since early Egyptian times. Strains have been selected for improved leaf or seed production. Frequent use encourages more fresh young leaves, but be prepared in a hot dry summer to sow another batch, for it is difficult to have too much coriander in the garden.

Family: Apiaceae

Genus: Coriandrum

Species: sativum

Plant type: Herb

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Aromatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Moist

Hardiness: Half hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 50cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

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