How to grow sawtooth coriander


Sawtooth CorianderHands up if you are one of those people who loves coriander, have tried to grow it…..BUT……it bolts or wilts in the heat? Then keep reading, I’ve finally found this coriander in Australia and I’m over the moon!

I first discovered Sawtooth coriander, sometimes called Perennial coriander or Mexican coriander (Eryngium foetidum) in Vietnam 5 years ago and since then I’ve been trying to track either seeds or seedling here in Oz. Thankfully I’ve just stumbled across this gem of a plant in the herb seedling range from Tavistock Wholesale Nurseries (they have distinctive hot pink pots, easily spotted in garden centres or Masters).

Sawtooth coriander is much hardier than annual coriander in hot weather, it loves a full sun position, in a moist but well drained soil. Ideal to grow in pots, particularly if you are in a frost prone area as it’s frost sensitive.

As the name suggests its leaves are long and have serrated, saw like edges. Cut off flowering stems to keep the leaves soft and tender.

It’s flavour is very similar to the annual coriander – in my opinion perhaps a little less metallic. Use it in the same way as you would regular coriander



8 Responses

  1. David Holland

    I have discovered a patch of sawtooth coriander in my lawn. It thrives without any attention and relies only on rainfall.
    When I want to use it in the kitchen should I just pick the leaves.
    I live in cairns 100 metres from the ocean.
    Any tips on growing ginger for the kitchen in the tropics.

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  3. Charo Kellett

    Hi Chloe, reading your article has made my day! Even my month.
    I como from Panama in Centroamerica, sawtooth is a must have ingredient when cooking in Panama. It is great news to hear that I can buy seeds in Australia as for me is very difficult to access this herb. In Panama we call it Culantro and it is essential in Panamanian Cooking.
    There is folk legume call Plantain, looks like a banana however is not a fruit. I wish more Australians know of this food as plantains can easily grow in tropical weather regions like Queensland.
    I would also like to mention the Cashew tree, every time I mention to someone how delicious and beneficial is the fruit, no one knows what I’m talking about! Most think Cashew is only the nut, the nut is the peep that grows outside the fruit.
    I will be visiting Masters tomorrow to buy my “Culantro Seeds”
    Thank you so much.
    Kind Regards,

  4. Tracy Leard

    Should the short, sharp, new leaf growths be cut off my perennial coriander? They don’t seem to ever get big enough to eat and the plant seems to slow down growing larger leaves. Thank you

  5. Bernard Head

    Regarding sawtooth coriander I have been growing it for several years now. The original plants were a dark green leaf and the mature leaf has rather sharp spikes that makes them impossible to eat without shreading finely. By contrast the self seeded plants are a paler green with a less sharp spikey edge, also the aroma is not as strong as the parent plant. Is this normal ? or are they reverting to a previous cultivar. I would appreciate your thoughts on the matter.


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