Tags: Open Pollinated

Growing Practices: No Pesticides No Herbicides No Fungicides No Synthetic Fertilizers

Latin Name: Porophyllum ruderale ssp. ruderale


Bolivian herb sometimes called "summer cilantro" because it is a summer annual that thrives in the heat. Use in salads, salsas and soups. Attractive and delicious blue-green foliage.

Growing Tips:

Barely cover seed with soil and keep moist until seedlings are well-established. Continual harvesting of the tips will keep the plants bushier.


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    How much sunshine do these beans require to do their best?

    Posted by Elizabeth Mathias on 06/15/2022

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    • This is not a bean. Quilquina will grow well in full sun or light shade.

      Posted by Jim Ford on 06/16/2022

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    I am in Ohio, and the temperature here dropped to below zero this winter. Can Quilquina and Papalo seeds be frozen and still germinate? I have plants coming up outdoors that look like newly germinated tomato plants, but I'm pretty sure they may be Quilquina or Papalo as I had some pulled plants in a brush pile that area in late fall.

    Posted by Kirstie Vanderlinden on 03/23/2022

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    • Tomato plants would have hairy stems, while quilquina and papalo would have thin, smooth stems and very thin cotyledons. As soon as the next set of leaves comes out you will know for sure.

      Posted by Jim Ford on 03/24/2022

    • I am in Missouri. I purchased a small quilquina plant two years ago. It self seeded and came up by itself the next summer, which surprised me since it is not a cold weather plant.

      Posted by Ann Stroer on 11/24/2022

    • Update:
      Yes, they were Quilquina plants!

      Posted by Kirstie Vanderlinden on 01/03/2023

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    Jim - I just ordered quilquina seeds, and would like to start growing indoors this winter. What guidance would you have on light, temperature, watering? Keen to start making real llajwa (Bolivian salsa) soon.

    Posted by Thomas Kruse on 01/01/2020

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    • Thank you for your purchase! Quilquina is daylength sensitive so you will need to provide at least 12 hours per day of natural or artificial lighting. The plants will grow best in full sun conditions. Temperature should be at least 70°, and keep the soil moist, as you would for any seedling germination and growth.

      Posted by Jim Ford on 01/01/2020

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    Is this the same thing as papalo?

    Posted by Bonnie Clancy on 06/01/2019

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    • Quilquina is a different subspecies than papalo. The leaves of quilquina are smaller, more blueish and more intensely-flavored than papalo.

      Posted by Jim Ford on 06/01/2019

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    This quilquina what type of soil need and what temperature.Can I grow that in South Carolina Charleston?

    Posted by Milenka Vargas on 10/17/2018

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    • They will grow in any general garden soil or any temperature above freezing. They will grow as a summer annual anywhere in the U.S.

      Posted by Jim Ford on 10/17/2018

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    Can you suggest spacing recommendations for a 3'x100' bed, and can you offer any estimates on yield based on your experience (for example, how much to plant to get a certain number of 1/4# bunches or pounds per week)? Thanks!

    Posted by K C on 04/09/2018

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    • I'd space the plants at least 2 feet apart. Initially you will be able to harvest all sides of the plants, but as the season progresses they will probably grow together and you will be harvesting mostly on the tops. The stems are thin so it takes a lot of them to equal 1/4 pound.

      Posted by Jim Ford on 04/09/2018

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    are these seeds easy to grow on So CA in the winter?

    Posted by ANNA DUNHAM on 11/29/2015

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    • Quilquina is a summer herb. The growth is tied to day-length and the plant will only produce foliage for cutting during the lengthening days of spring and early summer. In the winter, the seeds may sprout, but they will not grow very large.

      Posted by Jim Ford on 12/11/2015

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    I hace Bolivian quilquina gro sing indolora. When should I harvest the seeds? Do I simply pluck them or wait for the buds to open?

    Posted by Cynthia S on 11/16/2015

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    • I have Bolivian seeds growing indoors...sorry I had my Spanish keyboard on.

      Posted by Cynthia S on 11/16/2015

    • The buds will open up and produce a puffy seedhead. The seeds are ready to harvest when the stem of the seedhead has turned dark brown or black.

      Posted by Jim Ford on 12/11/2015

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    I garden in growing zone 4. Can I start the seeds inside like my other vegetable?

    Posted by Ulrike Larrabee on 11/02/2014

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    • Yes you can start Quilquina seeds inside, but they are very easy to grow when planted directly in the ground in the spring and you don't have to worry about transplanting them. They will not be very productive if you are trying to grow them as an inside crop for the winter.

      Posted by Jim Ford on 11/03/2014


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