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Persicaria odorata (Asian Mint)

Asian Mint, Vietnamese Coriander, Asian Mint, Rau Ram, Vietnam Mint, Polygonum odoratum


Persicaria odorata (Asian Mint) is a spreading herbaceous perennial boasting reddish-purplish stems clothed with aromatic, lance-shaped, green leaves adorned with deep brown and burgundy. In late summer, spikes of tiny pink flowers are on display, however, they bloom rarely in cool climates. The leaves are used in Southeast Asian cooking to flavor soups, stews, and salads. They have a pungent, coriander-like aroma and a spicy, hot peppery flavor. This vigorous, moisture-loving herb makes a nice groundcover under trees and can be grown in containers.

  • Grows up to 6-18 in. tall and wide (15-45 cm).
  • Thrives in rich, moisture-retentive but well-drained soil in full sun or part shade in a sheltered position.
  • This plant is very versatile and can be used as a groundcover, in beds and borders, cottage gardens, herb gardens, city gardens or containers.
  • Virtually pest and disease free. Deer and rabbit resistant.
  • Propagate by seed in autumn or spring; by division in autumn or spring; or by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, which root easily in soil or water.
  • Native to southeastern Asia.

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Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials
Plant Family Persicaria - Fleeceflowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 9 – 11
Plant Type Herbs, Perennials
Plant Family Persicaria - Fleeceflowers
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Height 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spread 6" – 2' (15cm – 60cm)
Spacing 18" (45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit, Wet Soil
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Ground Covers, Patio and Containers, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage

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