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Perilla frutescens

Pronunciation: per-IL-uh froo-TESS-enz
Family: Lamiaceae
Common Name: Shiso, Beef Steak Plant
Plant Type:
  • annual
Height to: 3ft (1m)
Width to: 12in (30cm)
USDA Hardiness Zones:
  • Not apply
Sun Exposure:
  • part sun
  • full sun
Bloom Season:
  • early summer
  • mid summer
  • late summer
Bloom Description: Shiso (Perilla frutescens) produce whorls of tiny white flowers on spikes to 6in (15cm) long
Soil Type: Fertile, moist but well drained soil
  • No
Plant Perks:
  • Edible
  • Container Gardening
Pests and Diseases: Infrequent
Propagation: Sow Shiso (Perilla frutescens) seed at 55-64ºF/13-18ºC in spring
Native to: Himalayas to E. Asia
Notes for Identification:

Shiso (Perilla frutescens) is a vigorous, hairy annual with broadly ovate, pointed, deeply toothed, long stalked, mid-green, sometimes purple flecked leaves, to 5in (13cm) long, with a cinnamon flavor.

Care:  Add compost to well rotted manure for best growth.

Source: Various sources including The American Horticultural Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants and the USDA

USDA Heat Zones (days above 86ºF):
  • Any Heat Zone 1 to 210+ Days
Seed photo: 0
Seed Label: 0
Located in: Annual
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