A self-seeding annual with a peculiar fragrance,
Perilla's flowers are white, lavender, light violet or purplish
and the foliage is ruffled green to purple with a metallic luster.
Uniformly vigorous and resistant to anything that could weaken it!
We have both green and purple varieties.
Grow specs: 1 1/2-3 feet. Average garden soil. Full sun.
Medicinally, it has traditionally been used for coughs,
lung ailments, uterine troubles, asthma, constipation, hiccups,
colds, stuffy nose, snake bite and a number of other conditions.
Recent studies have shown it may sometimes cause lung lesions. It
is widely used as a condiment in Japan and China. (Photo
© Steven Foster)