Beefsteak Plant - Knowledgebase Question

Jacksonville, FL
Question by hamiltonfren
June 3, 2001
My mother is from Japan and is interested in locating a herb that is indicated on Japanese pickling products as Beafsteak leaves - it is pronounced in Japanese as "sheso no ha". can you assist me with any other more common names or locating seeds, plants???

Answer from NGA
June 3, 2001


I found it! It's called Perilla frutescens. You can read more about the plant at
Champaign-Urbana Herb Society

You can order seed from Richter's Herbs online at


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