Coriandrum sativum

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaApiaceaeCoriandrumCoriandrum sativum


An annual, usually occurring as a casual on rubbish tips or disturbed ground, mostly from bird-seed and culinary sources; also established in a few places, such as on roadsides in N.W. Essex. Lowland.



World Distribution

Apparently native of N. Africa and W. Asia; widely naturalised in S. Europe and elsewhere.

Broad Habitats

Light (Ellenberg): 8

Moisture (Ellenberg): 4

Reaction (Ellenberg): 6

Nitrogen (Ellenberg): 5


Salt Tolerance (Ellenberg): 0

January Mean Temperature (Celsius): 3.9

July Mean Temperature (Celsius): 16

Annual Precipitation (mm): 763

Life form information

Height (cm): 50

Perennation - primary


Life Form - primary

Therophyte (annual land plant)



Clonality - primary

Little or no vegetative spread

Count of 10km squares in Great Britain: 201

Count of 10km squares in Ireland: 2

Count of 10km squares in the Channel Isles: 3

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

Atlas text references

Flora dels Països Catalans, II. Crucíferes-Amarantàcies,
de Bolòs, O., and Vigo J.
, Barcelona, (1990)

Umbellifers of the British Isles. Botanical Society of the British Isles Handbook no. 2,
Tutin, T. G.
, London, (1980)

The new Oxford Book of Food Plants,
Vaughan, J. G., and Geissler C. A.
, Oxford, (1997)

Domestication of plants in the Old World, edn 3,
Zohary, D., and Hopf M.
, Oxford, (2000)