Sunday, January 30, 2011

CORIANDRUM

Common namecilantro; coriander
Familyapiaceae
Life cycleannual
Flowerswhite
Size4'
Lightsun-part shade
From seed self-seeds in our garden

Most years, we get a number of cilantro plants as volunteers in our herb garden - and we gladly let them grow, even though by the time they'd be most valuable (when ripening tomatoes are clamoring for a pico de gallo partner) they long since gone to seed. I've no idea how this exuberant specimen wound up in our newly planted bogside border, but even here I couldn't get myself to chop it down (until it got ratty after the blooms faded). We do use coriander as a culinary spice, but not in such quantity that we need to harvest much - the round seeds are set in profusion.
Coriandrum sativum

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