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Coriander sativum
Herb of the Year 2017

Coriander, also known as Cilantro and Chinese Parsley, is an annual plant with all parts edible. It grows 18 to 24 inches high with whitish to pink flowers in clusters. Its upper leaves are feathery while its lower leaves are fern-like. The leaves of the plant are known as cilantro while the seeds bear the name coriander. It is easy to grow in moist, well-drained soil...

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The Potomac Unit of The Herb Society of America, Inc., was formed in 1964. It is a non-profit organization, located in the Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Our mission is dedicated to promoting the knowledge, use and delight of herbs through educational programs, research and sharing the experience of our members with the community.

Our dedicated group supports the National Herb Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum, the National Library of Medicine’s Herb Garden, and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens’ Herb Garden. Our fundraisers include the annual Friends of The National Arboretum Plant Sale where much of our proceeds contribute to financing an intern to work in the National Herb Garden. We also have herbal crafts workshops, botanical bead workshops, and an active herb study and culinary group, where our meetings are not only informative and creative, but finish with a delightful herbal feast.

The Potomac Unit has five general attendance meetings a year, at various locations throughout the Washington D.C. area. These meetings start with an interesting program then proceed with the business meeting and complete with a delectable buffet catered by members.

Guests are always welcome to our meetings