Plant in the spring after all danger of frost has passed in a location that will receive partial shade. Space plants 12″ apart in moist, sandy soil that is well-drained. Tolerant of summer heat, it is important to provide enough moisture to keep the soil evenly moist for best leaf production. If allowed to dry out it will wilt almost immediately. Consider adding a layer of organic mulch around your plants to help keep the soil cool and moist during the hot summer months.
As it doesn’t handle temperatures below freezing, consider growing in a pot and bring indoors as weather conditions change. Grown inside under a bright light for the winter, it can last for many seasons. Plant height 6-12”
Its blossom is white, but rarely blooms outside of the tropics.
Coriander, Vietnamese persicaria odorata
Vietnamese Coriander, a low creeping plant, is widely used in Southeast Asian cooking. Its taste and aroma are similar to the cilantro normally grown in America. The top of its leaf is dark green with chestnut-colored spots, while the underneath side is burgundy.
The leaves have the best flavor when they are young and can be used fresh in salads or chopped in soup and stews. As the leaves age, they may become tough, leathery and a bit acrid. When this happens simply cut your plant back any time during the growing season to produce more fresh young leaves.