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Cilantro Companion Plants: Full List of Pairings
Cilantro, also known as coriander, is an herb that thrives in cool weather. The good news is that it also grows nicely with most other garden favorites! In many cases, cilantro’s strong scent may help repel pests from the companion, while a few are also beneficial to the cilantro in return.
The following all make great cilantro companion plants. At the end, you’ll learn about a handful of plants that you should avoid growing near cilantro.
Full List of Cilantro Companion Plants
These fruits, vegetables, flowers, and herbs all make excellent companion plants for cilantro, many by offering the cilantro better growing conditions or preventing pests on the companion.
Fruits and Vegetables to Plant with Cilantro
• Asparagus – Cilantro helps repel bugs from asparagus.
• Beans, Peas, and Other Legumes – Legumes fix nitrogen in the soil, which cilantro loves.
• Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Cauliflower, Kale, and Kohlrabi – Cilantro may help ward off pests for these brassicas family members.
• Eggplants, Peppers, Potatoes, and Tomatoes – The strong scent of cilantro can help prevent pests on these nightshades.
• Lettuce and Spinach – Cilantro helps prevent pests from eating the leaves of lettuce and spinach.
• Strawberries – Cilantro helps repel common strawberry pests.
Flowers to Plant Near Cilantro
• Alyssum – Alyssum attracts parasitic insects that feed on cilantro pests.
• Coreopsis – Coreopsis flowers also attract helpful parasitic insects.
• Cosmos – Tall cosmos can shade cilantro in the heat of summer.
• Lupines – Lupines are beautiful perennial legumes that, like all legumes, fix nitrogen in the soil for cilantro.
• Marigolds – Marigolds draw in beneficial insects.
• Sunflowers – Sunflowers offer shade for cilantro, which is good in summer when the cilantro is at risk of bolting.
• Zinnias – Zinnias can also grow tall enough to shade cilantro.
Herbs to Plant Near Cilantro
These herbs may like similar growing conditions to cilantro, offer shade, prevent pests, and more.
What NOT to Plant Next to Cilantro
Some vegetables and herbs should be planted a distance away from cilantro, since they require different growing conditions or can harm each other’s growth.
• Celery – Celery is in the same family as cilantro, and the two attract the same pests.
• Fennel – Fennel produces a chemical in the soil that inhibits cilantro growth.
• Lavender, Rosemary, and Thyme – These herbs require drier soils than cilantro likes.
Enjoy Your Cilantro!
With these options, you should be able to find the perfect cilantro companion plants for your garden. Enjoy!
If you’re looking for more companion planting tips, check out the complete companion planting guide, which has links to many other vegetables, flowers, and herbs.