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Cilantro vs Culantro ;) ~ How to Grow Either/or Both


Coriandrum sativum

Outside of Latin communities these two herbs are often confused.  Erngium foetidum (culantro) is related to the Sea Holly flower species.

Coriandrum sativum (cilantro  ~ coriander) is also called chinese parsley, totally different genus, same family.  The leaves are called cilantro and are often confused with culantro.  The seeds are the coriander.



Eryngium foetidum ~ culantro, shado beni

Eryngium foetidum is a tropical perennial and annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Common names include culantro, Mexican coriander and long coriander. It is native to Mexico and South America, but is cultivated worldwide. In the United States, where it is not well known outside Latino communities, the name culantro sometimes causes confusion with Coriandrum sativum (also in Apiaceae), the leaves of which are known as cilantro, and which culantro is said to taste like.[1]

also a medicinal plant click here for more info @ original link



coriander/cilantro flowers

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also known as cilantro, Chinese parsley or dhania,[1] is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Coriander is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft, hairless plant growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems. The flowers are borne in small umbels, white or very pale pink, asymmetrical, with the petals pointing away from the centre of the umbel longer (5–6 mm) than those pointing towards it (only 1–3 mm long). The fruit is a globular, dry schizocarp 3–5 mm (0.12–0.20 in) in diameter.

click here for more information @ original link


Coriander and Cilantro Plant Care Guide @ Old Farmer’s

Growing Culantro @ Bonnie Plants

See Also …

Culantro: A Much Utilized, Little Understood Herb

Christopher Ramcharan




12 responses

    Most of it started from ” SLOW BOLT ” seeds species 😉
    I think it is an Asian variety .

    July 1, 2013 at 6:22 am

    • coriander is one herb i do not use very often, and when i do is very lightly

      July 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

      • Sharp strong taste…Isn’t ?
        Lots of Garlic, a bit of Rosemary leaves, and a touch of Coriander on an Aussie Roast Lamb 😀 ..TeeeeeHeeeee ..Watch out Ramsey the Chief, here I come 😀

        July 1, 2013 at 10:58 am

      • lol 🙂

        July 1, 2013 at 11:00 am

      • i purchased some salsa when we ran out of my homemade, fresh garden salsa. they put so much cilantro (coriander variety) it was terrible, like eating the earth. pretty expensive too to be pitched out

        July 1, 2013 at 11:02 am

  2. For some reasons, my coriander grows so well in winter 😀
    Honestly, I use few green leaves in the bottom burner of wood chips and shavings if I smoke fish or other stuff, and the lots hanging in the smoke house gets the touch of it also.
    I keep the seeds whole, for cooking.

    July 1, 2013 at 11:08 am

    • sounds good, yes i agree just a little is needed or is overwhelming

      July 1, 2013 at 11:16 am

      • Going to see what’s new, and dig out some world news for today 😀
        See you around 😉

        July 1, 2013 at 11:23 am

      • enjoy, am making run to store for house and beauty aids before my daughter has the new baby. been waiting since last week, am hoping today. this kid is stubborn lol

        July 1, 2013 at 11:25 am

    • i am going to order some of the sea holly variety and plant with the other sea holly flowers i am going to use to deter cats. that will probably be next year, have to see when to plant seeds again. cheapest way is seeds, couple usd for bunch of seeds.

      July 1, 2013 at 11:22 am

      • That’s what did cost me $1 OR $1.50 for a pack of 30 to 100 seeds, and if you buy 3 or 5 more, you get it with free delivery 😀

        July 1, 2013 at 11:25 am

      • good i have many plants i have in mind, have to order more spiderwort too, cats wiped that out as well.

        have great evening 🙂 xo
        be back soon

        July 1, 2013 at 11:35 am

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