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Common Name: Perilla


Botanical Name: Perilla frutescens




Family: Labiatae


Type and Use: Annual with edible foliage.


Location: Full sun to light shade


Planting Dates: Spring after the last frost


Planting Method: Seed


Seed Emergence: 1-2 weeks


Harvest Time: Any time during the summer


Height: 3 feet


Spread: 3 feet


Final Spacing: 6-12 inches


Growth Habits: Aggressive annual that spreads readily from seed. It has purple flowers and either burgundy, purple, or green leaves. Perilla is often confused with opal or black coleus.


Culture: Very easy to grow in most any soil. Be careful where you plant it - it might be in your downhill neighbor's yards next year.


Troubles and Solutions: Perilla reseeds so easily that it can become a pest.


Harvest and Storage: Harvest and eat fresh or store in the refrigerator. Leaves can be frozen for use in the winter.


Notes: Also called Beefsteak Plant. The leaves are used to flavor meat and vinegars. Many Japanese dishes serve a perilla leaf.


Varieties: Green leaf - Green Shiso, Green Cumin. Purple or red - Red Shiso.





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