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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 14 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Pink
Other: deep burgundy
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: self sows to extreme suggest dead heading most plants - self pollinates
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Shiso
  • Chinese Basil
  • Beefsteak Plant
  • Rattlesnake Weed
  • Japanese Basil

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  • Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 3, 2011 3:23 PM concerning plant:
    Makes contrasting colors really stand out. Re-seeder, self-seeder w/ potential to become invasive. Edible leaves and seeds often incorporated into oriental dishes. (In 2009, Pepsi introduced a seasonal flavored drink called Pepsi Shiso in the Far East, Shiso being an oriental reference to Perilla). Perilla also yields a dye. Added to pickled foods where it acts as an antimicrobial agent. Rich in minerals and vitamins and has anti-inflammatory properties; used in folk medicine to battle common cold.
    After bloom, plant has a significant growth spurt.
    Easy to propagate by cuttings or seed.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 12, 2011 1:54 PM concerning plant:
    There are red and green perillas. The red perilla has red-purple leaves and an anise flavor and is less spicy than the green variety. It is used frequently in Chinese cooking in fish stews. The green perilla has a flavor somewhat like cinnamon and is more commonly used in Japanese and Korean cuisines.
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lovesblooms On March 7, 2020 Seeds sown
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