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Perilla frutescens

Perilla frutescens
shiso, beafsteak mint
Flowers are understated, compared to the foliar fireworks

Common name shiso, beafsteak mint
Family lamiaceae
Life cycle annual
Flowers lavender (summer)
Size 2'
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
From seed self-seeds in our garden
Seed ripensearly October

Annual herb with purple foliage, spikes of lavender flowers in summer. It self-seeds abundantly in our garden, which makes for quite a display of massed plants. It's easy to pull up, though, and doesn't spread itself very far from the mother plant, so it really never becomes a nuisance.

Perilla frutescens
Masses of volunteer seedlings in early June make for an attractive carpet
shiso, beafsteak mint
By August, some culling is necessary to avoid choking out neighboring plants

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

One or more images of this plant are included in my stock photo catalog

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