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An unusual herb native to southern Mexico, not often seen outside this area. Very popular among cilantro lovers. The aromatic, grass like leaves have a mild cilantro flavor blended with a hint of parsley and arugula. It’s difficult to describe, you just need to try it. Upright plants have a wispy way about them, growing up to 48 inches tall. An attractive plant for the landscape producing charming blue flowers with a unique look. Grows to 36-48"

75 seeds


Porophyllum tagetoides

Tender perennial: Zone 9-11

Germination:  7-21 days

Germination Temperature: Optimum soil temperatures 70-75ºF.

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on surface, lighlty cover

Sowing Indoors: Start indoors 4-5 weeks before last frost. Provide 70-75ºF soil temperatures. Transplant after last frost, space 6-12" apart. 

Sowing Outdoors: After last frost. Sow a few seeds every 1-2", thin 6-12" apart.  

Light Needs: Full Sun 

Soil Needs:  Average, dry to medium, well-drained soils

Uses:  Culinary, attracts bees and beneficials, ornamental- in containers, hanging baskets or window boxes

Harvest: Cut leaves, starting around 6" or harvest tips.

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Karen D.
United States United States

Great cilantro alternative

Great herb, though I only had two plants that I grew out and that was far from enough. Plant a dozen or more for casual use and many more if you are going to be using it every few days. The leaves are very thin so it takes a great many leaves for almost any dish.

Rob C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Tasty herbs, just what I was expecting!

Great seller, great seeds! I am happy with the outcome of these seeds and are enjoying this herb in salsas and snacking on them fresh. I will be buying them again.

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Caryl E.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Rare herb

I’m so grateful that you carry these seeds, otherwise hard to find. In my area (San Francisco Bay Area) it reseeds itself some years, other years not at all. So I love having it for my avocado salsas, creamy soups, other things.