The plant grows to a height of 2 feet with a spread of 9 inches.
They wither before the first fruits are ripe starting from the basal leaves. Two, three or more bracteols carry the umbellets with five to twenty secondary rays. In every umbel the peripheral umbellets, and in every umbellet the peripheral flowers are the first ones to flower. The central flowers of the umbellets are staminiferous or sometimes sterile.Egyptian coriander was especially praised by them for its quality (Reinhardt 1911; Hegi 1926).Göök (1977) reports that in the 12th century AD, flowering fields of coriander were seen on the banks of the river Nile in Egypt.Coriander has an inferior ovary and the five calyx teeth surrounding the stylopodium are still visible in the ripe fruit.The five calyx teeth are of different length, as are the petals in peripherally situated flowers. The peripheral flowers of every umbellet are asymmetric, as the petals toward the outside of the umbellets are lengthened. Coriander is used to treat digestive ailments and colic.