If you like the aromatic flavor of salsa served in Mexican restaurants, you’ll like cilantro. The leaves have an instantly recognizable fragrance that fills a room when you cut them.
Cilantro looks like flat leaf Italian parsley, but the leaves are thinner. It grows in a rosette of stemmy leaves that are ready to harvest shortly after planting. Young leaves have the best flavor, so be sure to harvest often.
Light: Full sun to part shade
Soil: Light, moist but well drained
Spacing: 12 to 18 inches
Plant size: 18 to 24 inches tall, 12 inches wide
Garden use: In containers, herb gardens
Culinary use: Leaves & seeds in Mexican, Caribbean or Asian dishes