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Characteristics: Perennial in zone 11, Vietnamese Coriander grows easily indoors or out. Make sure to give it adequate room, as it can grow up to 36 inches high and get about 15 inches wide.
Light: Vietnamese Coriander prefers full sun.
Water:Grows best in constantly moist soil, so don't let your Vietnamese Coriander dry out between waterings. Suitable for areas of your garden that take longer to drain, or near ponds or water gardens.
Soil: Well drained but constantly moist (not flooded) soil. Also pots nicely for indoor growth.
Use: Vietnamese Coriander makes a great substitute for Cilantro, as it is easy to grow, does not bolt as quickly and has a very similar flavor profile. Terrific in tacos or stir frys, it compliments pork and pineapple very well.
Extras: Though Cilantro seeds are called Coriander, they are a spice and are not the same as this plant, which is a completely separate herb.
In traditional Vietnamese medicine, Vietnamese Coriander is considered to repress sexual urges. Though there is no scientific research available to support or refute this claim, Buddhist monks used to plant this herb in their personal gardens to help remain celibate.