Shiso, Purple (Perilla frutescens), packet of 20 seeds, organic

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$3.95

Family: Lamiaceae

Hardy to Zones 10 to 12

(Pai-zu-tzu, Perilla)  Tropical perennial grown as a temperate annual, native to India and cultivated extensively in China and Japan.  Traditional uses: in sushi, used to counteract seafood poisoning and to treat symptoms of gastric distress.  Also used in combination with umeboshi plums, both for its carminative effects and as a coloring agent.   Plant prefers partial shade to full sun, rich soil and regular watering.  Short-lived seed supplied only from the current season.  Sow in spring, in pots in the greenhouse or directly in a prepared bed in the garden.  Germ in about 11 days and grows rapidly.  Thin or transplant to 2 feet apart.
20 seeds/pkt., certified organically grown

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  1. Question

    Sarah Herriott

    Is this herb poisonous to livestock? I raise dairy goats and chickens.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Sarah,
      I have seen mixed opinions on this. In practice here I’ve never seen this herb harm anything. Some experts caution use of shiso for ruminants (which goats are ruminants) and dogs.
      Richo

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  2. Melody

    Grow for medicine, beauty, food

    Melody (verified owner)

    After being lucky enough to hear Richo speak about this amazing plant, I’ve vowed to eat even more! I’ve been growing it for several years (zone 5 on a north facing slope). It reliably self seeds itself, but this time of year when all is frozen I get worried, and order more seed to also start in the greenhouse! I probably enjoy it the most in flower bouquets.

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