Houttuynia cordata

Fishwort is commonly grown as a leaf vegetable, and is used as a fresh herbal garnish. The leaf has an unusual taste that is often described as ‘fishy,’ earning it the nickname “fishwort.” Used fresh or dried in tea, soup, or as a popular garnish in Vietnamese, Japanese, and Korean cuisine. Like many leafy green vegetables, it is high in antioxidants and is used medicinally for immune support, particularly for environmental sensitivities, and for help in weight management.

Water: Moist, boggy

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: Herbaceous spreading perennial plant that can grow 3' tall by 3’ wide

Light: Shade

Soil: Any moist soil with compost

Origin: Southeast Asia