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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 during the 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 their home country. 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 use this plant as a Coriander substitute. This plant does certainly have a similar taste to traditional Coriander, but also has a hint of a little spice and lemon. This just makes it even more delicious to use in the kitchen, in our opinion! 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 not going to seed! Win win!
It lends a little tropical glamour to our kitchen garden during the summer and my evening meals wouldn’t be the same without it!
From January to March, customers are able to pre-order herbs for delivery later in spring, to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. We begin dispatch of pre-orders from late March, once all items in your order are available for dispatch in one delivery, as some varieties will be available a little later in the year than others. You will receive notification when this dispatch takes place along with tracking information but if you would like an estimated delivery date after placing your pre-order, please do not hesitate to contact us.
From late March to autumn, herbs will be available for immediate dispatch subject to their availability. We dispatch our fresh potted herbs Monday-Wednesday each week to avoid postal delays over the weekend. We aim to dispatch all fresh herb orders in less than seven days, i.e. an order placed Thursday-Sunday would likely be dispatched the following Monday/Tuesday. Orders placed Monday-Tuesday we would aim to dispatch by the Wednesday of that week. We do not dispatch on bank holidays..
If you have a specific dispatch date that you would like us to aim towards, please do not hesitate to let us know. We can't guarantee a particular date but will strive to do our best for you.
All orders are dispatched via a next day courier, ensuring that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health. For customers in the Highlands and Channel Islands this is a 48-hour delivery service. (From 2021 onwards we are unable to ship to Northern Ireland.)
Please note that we do not offer a collection service. Our site is not suitable to receive visitors and this is a rule that we have to apply universally out of respect to our neighbours and family.
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.