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Perilla 'Purple Flat-leaved'
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Perilla 'Purple Flat-leaved'

Perilla frutescens
Perilla's broad purple leaves have an almost swirling oil-in-water purple sheen, lovely in summer gardens mixed with flowers and the vegetable garden. Besides its beauty, this mint family member stars in Asian cuisine, pickled dishes, and salads; its taste combines nutty, minty, and anise flavors. Self-sows abundantly.
SKU #S1806
$3.25
Details
Approximate Seeds Per Packet
150
Lifecycle
Annual
Annual Hardiness
Tender Annual
Mature Size
1-3' h x 1-1.5' w
Sun
Full sun to partial shade
Soil
Regular to rich, moist, well-drained
Season
Summer
Color
Violet purple leaves
Features
Scented Leaves
Great for containers
Deer Resistant
Heat or Drought Tolerant
Attracts Butterflies
SOWING INSTRUCTIONS
Depth:
Surface sow and press in lightly; requires light for germination.
Sprout Time:
14-21 days
Starting Indoors:
Start indoors about 8 weeks before last frost. Keep at 65-75°F.
Starting Outdoors:
Direct sow after last frost.
WHEN TO SET OUTSIDE
After last spring frost.
PLACEMENT & CULTIVATION
Perilla or shiso is a flavorful and decorative herb with square stems declaring its mint family membership. Its aromatic profile has been described as melding coriander, basil, cinnamon, anise, and citrus. Native to Southeast Asia, it thrives in the heat and humidity of high summer, offering lush green or violet-purple leaves that elevate wraps, stir-fries, and cooked or pickled dishes. Victorian gardeners paired curled leaf varieties with coleus in their lavish ornamental gardens; today, it mixes well with other summer annuals in informal cottage gardens. Harvest leaves before flowering starts and deadhead to avoid excessive self-sowing. It can be invasive in southeastern states.
Final Spacing:
1'
Water Requirements:
Low Water Use
Watering Details:
Drought tolerant; keep moist until established. Then water during dry spells.
Soil pH:
Not particular about soil pH.
Fertilizer:
Mix about 2-4" of compost into soil prior to planting.
Diseases & Pests:
No major pests or diseases.