Coriander (Coriandrum sativum), also known as cilantro, Chinese parsley or dhania,is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Coriander is native to regions spanning from southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft plant growing to 50 cm (20 in) tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems. The flowers are borne in smallumbels, white or very pale pink, asymmetrical, with the petals pointing away from the centre of the umbel longer (56 mm) than those pointing toward it (only 13 mm long). The fruit is a globular, dry schizocarp 35 mm (0.120.20 in) in diameter. Although sometimes eaten alone, the seeds often are used as a spice or an added ingredient in other foods. .