Coriander, the Common, or Coriandrum sativum, L. is an annual plant, growing in corn-fields, on road-sides, and dunghills. This vegetable is raised from seed, generally sown in the month of March, in the proportion of 14lbs.
to an acre. It is also cultivated together with caraway and teazel; but as neither of those plants conies up completely and regularly the second year, they are usually allowed to stand for the third summer. If sown with caraway, the coriander requires great care in hoeing, to distinguish it from the former, which is not set out for a crop, till the latter is harvested. When reared alone, the plants of coriander are set out from four to six inches apart, and produce whitish flowers that blow in June or July, and contain two seeds. The leaves of this vegetable have a strong, disagreeable smell ; the seeds possess a pleasant flavour; and, when encrusted with sugar, are sold by the confectioners, under the name of coriander corn fits. They have been recommended as carminative and stomachic; but certainly possess intoxicating, if not deleterious properties : Six drams of them, however, have been taken at one dose, from which Dr. Withering did not observe any remarkable effect.