PlantsPerilla→Beefsteak Plant (Perilla frutescens var. frutescens)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Seeds or Nuts
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem


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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 4:16 PM

This is an ornamental plant and an edible herb.

The seed of perilla frutescens contain about 35-35% oil, and one of the highest proportions of omega-3 (ALA) fatty acids of any seed oil, at 54-64% and only 14% linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid. This unusual n6:n3 ratio gives this crop potential for an alternative to other seed oils. (Wikipedia)

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Posted by Onewish1 (NJ - Zone 6a) on Jul 30, 2012 3:43 AM

these have seeded all over my yard .. cracks in the driveway.. easy to pull where not wanted though.. this one was growing in a container with a board covering 1/2 of it .. grew under and out the sides.. took the top off and it took off.. that is not even planted in the ground now.. I popped it out of the container this past spring and it's just sitting on top of the grass.. very hardy plant.. get rid of the flowers if you don't want reseeding

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 1, 2012 4:02 AM

The perilla growing in my garden now is from seedlings I found growing in my lawn, gift from the birds. Transplanted to a bed and it took off and reseeded. But spreading is not a problem since its home is a dry area under the eaves. Next to it is chocolate mint, which also stays in check because of the dryness.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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starting seeds inside by gardenglassgems Mar 9, 2016 4:01 PM 39
possible triplicate in perilla by gardengus Aug 29, 2012 9:29 PM 5

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