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Latin Name: Persicaria odorata
Type: Herbacious perennial
Soil Type: Rich, fertile soil
Where should I plant this variety? Sun/partial shade
How tall does it grow? 45cm
How much space does it need? Spreads slowly but indefinitely
When does it flower? White/pink flowers summer
Top care tips: Benefits from protection from frost.
When Vietnamese Coriander (Persicaria odorata) starts being once again harvested for use in our kitchen, we automatically feel the joy of knowing that lighter evenings and warmer weather are on their way.
In warmer climates this plant will grow wild! It spreads impressively, customers and friends from Australia have shown us really invasive patches of Vietnamese Coriander. In the UK it does not have the same growing habit. It is half hardy and will need some winter protection. We have actually once wintered this plant outside, but during a very mild winter and in a very sheltered spot. If in doubt take a cutting in late summer and pop it in a pot on your kitchen windowsill as an insurance policy. It roots so easily!
The most important bit - flavour! What does it taste like. Well we tend to us this plant as a Coriander substitute. This plant does certainly taste of Coriander but also a little spice and also lemon. This just makes it delicious to use in the kitchen. Seriously. We tend to chop the leaves and add it late in the cooking process as a garnish atop rice dishes. I just adore coriander, and this plant is a variety of coriander that is easy to grow, being perennial and it doesn’t go to seed! Win win!
There is evidence to suggest that historically this plant was used by monks as an anti-aphrodisiac. I couldn’t possibly comment on that - but can assure you that this variety both smells and tastes amazing. It lends a little tropical glamour to our kitchen garden during the summer and my evening meals wouldn’t be the same without it!
All herbs dispatched with DHL Next Day Delivery. For customers in the Highlands and Channel Islands this is 48 hour delivery. This starts from £4.95 and ensures that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health.
If your plant is available on our surplus list you will have the option to 'order now'. We dispatch fresh herbs by Next Day DHL Delivery to ensure that they are not in the postal system for long. We will aim to dispatch orders at the beginning of the week following your order, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of the week to ensure no delays over the weekend. We aim to dispatch all such orders within 10 days.
Herb plants are dispatched from April – September each year, but you can order the plants in advance all year round to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. Plants will be dispatched on a ‘first come first served’ basis as soon as they are ready. Some varieties will be available a little later in the year from May onwards, and we will aim to dispatch all herbs in one shipment once all the varieties are ready. We will update you on the estimated date of your delivery as soon as we know.
If you have a preferred month for delivery i.e. you are having a new garden installed or building work conducted, please contact us and we will make a note on your order to try our best to accommodate that request.
We aim to reuse packaging as much as possible. Your herbs will be delivered in taupe recyclable pots. We are moving over to using plastic blister cell packaging which contains at least 90% recycled content and is itself 100% recyclable. These things are important to you and are important to us.
Occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control problems can arise. If you are not satisfied in the condition of your plants upon reaching you, please contact us as soon as possible providing pictures so that we can deal with your enquiry and feedback to our courier service. We will endeavour to ensure a resolution is reached that leaves you satisfied.