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Perilla frutescens /Perilla

Perilla frutescens  / Perilla frutescens
The purple color makes a strong contrast with other plants in a composition
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The purple color makes a strong contrast with other plants in a composition

The perilla makes a large shrub-like mass in a single season

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Scientific Name: Perilla frutescens
Common Name: Perilla
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
No
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Will not stand freezing temperatures and its hardiness in zone 9 is questionable. The young leaves and seedlings are eaten in salads and leaves are cooked and consumed. Leaves, stems and seeds are used in Oriental medicines. It has been reported to be toxic to livestock which have consumed quantities of it.