(tips on growing chive in your garden)
Coriander is somewhat unique among the world of herbs. Harvest the leaves and you have cilantro. Harvest the spicy seeds and you have coriander. Since most herb gardeners grow Coriandrum sativum to harvest the tasty leaves, we’ll refer to the plant as cilantro for the rest of this article.
Before adding cilantro to your garden, you should review this companion planting guide, and our guides on growing cilantro and companion planting for herbs.
Cilantro Companion Planting
Companion planting cilantro is beneficial for asparagus, chervil and spinach. Conversely, planting beans or peas near cilantro will be beneficial to the growth of your cilantro plants.
Our sources advise against cilantro companion planting with fennel.
Cilantro Companion Planting & Anise
Growing anise near cilantro will help the growth of your cilantro plants. Additionally, cilantro will help anise seeds germinate more quickly.
Cilantro & Insects
Coriander attracts beneficial insects like tachninid flies, parasitoid wasps and hoverflies to your garden.
A number of harmful insects are repelled by cilantro. Cilantro plants are said to repel aphids, potato beetles and spider mites. A tea made from coriander, used as a spray, will help to combat spider mites anywhere in the garden.
Additional Coriander & Cilantro Information
(Coriandrum sativum, Linn.)
To learn more about growing coriander be sure to check out our coriander fact sheet.
Learn why coriander was once called “dizzycorn” and many other interesting historical uses of coriander.