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Coriandrum sativum (Coriander)

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Plant description

coriander

Coriander is an annual herb, all parts of which are used in the kitchen. It also has beneficial medicinal qualities, as an antioxidant, an antibacterial and other uses. It also attracts beneficial insects to the garden. It is a feathery leafed plant with umbels of white flowers.

Coriander is best grown in cooler weather, as hot weather and drying out will cause it to bolt to seed. The first seed spike can be pruned out to prolong the foliage growth. It can be grown in the garden or in pots, and regular fertilising and watering will maximise production.

Coriander grows in the near East and southern Europe and northern Africa. It has been used for thousands of years. It was found in the a Neolithic cave settlement, Egyptian tombs, and was one of the first herbs to be taken to America by the first settlers.

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: white
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Scent

The leaves have a citrus smell and the seeds have a nutty warm odour when crushed

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.75 metres
Minimum height: not specified

Maximum width: 0.5 metres
Minimum width: not specified

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: insects, butterflies.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: cool, temperate, subtropical, tropical.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: moist, well-drained.

Clay: moist, well-drained.

Sand: moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 6-7.5

Pests

slugs and snails

Miscellaneous information

Planting season: all year.

Types of fertiliser: good general purpose.

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