Persicaria odorata

Names

Names

Scientific: Persicaria odorata

English: Vietnamese coriander

Portuguese: Hortelã-vietnamita

Origins

Origins

Family: Polygonaceae

Origin: South­east Asia

Life Cycle: Perennial / Herbaceous perennial

Properties

Properties

Aroma
Medicinal
Edibility

Parts Used

Parts Used

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Scientific NamePersicaria odorata
English NameVietnamese coriander, vietnamese mint, vietnamese cilantro, cambodian, hot mint.
Portuguese NameHortelã-vietnamita.
German NameN/A
FamilyPolygonaceae
OriginSouth­east Asia.
HabitatTropical and subtropical zones. Cultivated land, ruderal, wet lawns.
Life CyclePerennial / Herbaceous perennial
Preferences CultivationPrefers fertile, moist, well drained soils, developing well in the sun or semi-shade and even as a houseplant. Likes to be well watered in summer. Sensitive to cold.
Method of propagationThe propagation can be done by cuttings throughout the year.
Ornamental CharacteristicsFlowering from June to September. H: 0,5 m, ᴓ 0,2 m
Description of smells and flavorsAromatic.
Properties MedicinalDigestive, bowel problems and cardiotonic.
Properties EdibilityRecognized in the Vietnamese kitchen, where the fresh leaves are used in salads, and cooked in soup. Used to flavor meat dishes, duck eggs and fish.
Properties OtherThe essential oil can be used as flavoring in the food industry (this is a study in process).
Contraindications / Side Effects / CommentsComments: Some care is needed because this plant is confused with a weed plant (Polygonum persicaria).
Pests and diseases & how to fight themUnknown
How and When to harvest and / or pruning and which parts used. How many cuts per year?Parts used: leaves. Pruning: It may become invasive, must therefore be controlled with regular pruning.
Can be used in intercropping ( repellent / attractive ) or is biopesticide?Unknown
Curiosity / Personal ExperiencesVietnam was traditionally recommended to reduce sexual desire (anaphrodisiac). Some care is needed because this plant is confused with a weed plant (Polygonum persicaria), the distinction is the aroma (smell).

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