Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens

Also known as:

  • Perilla frutescens 'Purple Shiso'
  • Beefsteak Plant
  • Perilla frutescens 'Atropurpurea'

Plant Type

herb, annual / biennial

Zones

1-1, 12-12

Size

H:1'-3'
W:1'-3'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

average, well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

regular, occasional, low, drought tolerant

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

white, pink

Foliage Color:

burgundy, purple

Wildlife:

bees, butterflies, deer resistant

Flower Season:

summer

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Rare and unusual annual & perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California native wildflowers.

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Richmond, California

888-266-4370

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Rare and unusual annual & perennial plants, including cottage garden heirlooms & hard to find California native wildflowers.

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A pungent purple annual herb that dresses up both your bento boxes & your vegetable beds handsomely. Leaves have a spicy anise-like flavor & are packed with vitamins & minerals. There's also a laundry list of medicinal properties ascribed to the plant: carminative, tonic, antiseptic, anti-cancer & an insecticide on top of everything else. WHEW! (See google for more details.) Shiso is used as an edible in a variety of ways in many Asian cuisines, fresh or cooked, usually in a way similar to Basil. The seeds are also used in Korea like sesame seeds. In milder climes, you'll find that Shiso reseeds easily & since this strain has such lustrous deep purple ruffled foliage, the seedlings should be easy to spot! Grows bushily up to 3' tall & as wide, with spikes of teensy flowers that are is attractive to butterflies & bees when in bloom! Best in rich, loamy soil, with regular water & in SUN.

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Upright annual herb..cinnamon scented leaves used to flavor fish, bean curd, pickles, tempura, and especially sushi.. Perilla is the main ingredient in oriental cuisine. Decorative red foliage reminiscent of coleus.

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