Shiso (Perilla frutescens)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 24-36 inches
Plant Spread: 12 to 14 inches
Leaves: Good fall color
Unusual foliage color
Fragrant
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Pink
Purple
Other: deep burgundy
Flower Time: Late summer or early fall
Uses: Culinary Herb
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Leaves
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: self sows to extreme suggest dead heading most plants - self pollinates
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 3, 2011 3:23 PM

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.

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Posted by Frillylily (springfield MO area - Zone 6a) on Jun 23, 2015 9:59 PM

I cannot stress enough how invasive this plant is from seed. It does not spread aggressively by roots, so is easily pulled out where you don't want it. It re-seeds EVERYWHERE, even in the lawn, even several yards away from where it is planted, I suppose due to birds, wind, water, etc. Can easily be contained by not allowing the flower to mature to seed. Just cut the flowers off and carefully bag them up and toss them in the trash. It should be noted that the plant dies each winter and new ones grow from seed. It is not a perennial. So if you want them to return the following year, just sprinkle the seeds out, however many you want, in autumn. Also, I have found that this plant does not need a lot of water, and even if it does wilt down on very hot dry days, it perks back up easily.

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 12, 2011 1:54 PM

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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