Persicaria odorata

Vietnamese coriander

  • Botanical name: Persicaria odorata
  • Common name: Vietnamese coriander
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Plant Type: Herb
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Native to the tropical regions of south and east Asia, Vietnamese coriander, Persicaria odorata, has both medicinal and culinary uses. Its leaves have a spicy, zingy flavour, and are used in Asian dishes including stir fries, Vietnamese soups (pho) and spring rolls. 


Grow plants in a sheltered spot in sun to partial shade, in a rich, fertile soil. Being native to tropical regions, it needs to be overwintered indoors as soon as temperatures start to decrease in autumn.

How to grow Persicaria odorata

  • Plant size

    100cm height

    30cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, dappled shade
  • Hardiness: Tender
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist
  • Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots

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Do not Harvest in January

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Do not Harvest in October

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Persicaria odorata and wildlife

Persicaria odorata has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Persicaria odorata poisonous?

Persicaria odorata has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Persicaria odorata

Rumex sanguineus

Rumex sanguineus

Red-veined sorrel

Rumex acetosa

Broad-leaved sorrel