Vietnamese coriander is a popular perennial plant that belongs to the Polygonaceae family and originates from countries with humid and hot climates. Due to its aroma, it is used as a seasoning in many countries, in particular in India and Vietnam. The plant is also eaten fresh and used in various salads, soups, or stews.
Persicaria odorata is easily identified by its ovate, dark green leaves that smell like coriander and grow directly from the stem. The leaves' lower part is burgundy, with small spots on its entire surface. Ripe leaves should be collected in the spring after 2-3 months have passed since planting.
As for the flowers, they look like bells, have a white color, and usually bloom in the second half of summer, provided that the climate is warm enough. The plant is small and grows to 45 cm (18 in) tall and wide, making it compact for growing in pots.