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An Asian herb related to Mint and Basil, it is also known as Perilla, Beefsteak Plant, Ji Soo, Chinese Basil or Rattlesnake Weed. It is a large, bushy, well-branched annual that grows up to 3' tall. Its fuzzy, sharply serrated leaves have the bold, complex flavor of Cilantro and Cumin with a hint of Cinnamon. Easy to grow, Shiso can be sown directly into the garden after the last frost date or may be started indoors 10 weeks earlier. Shiso may be sautéed, pickled or used fresh to flavor rice, fish, soups, stir-fries and salads. Deer resistant.

Average seed life: 1 year.

Red Perilla Akashiso

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Its shimmering, dark burgundy-red to rich purple-bronze leaves and dark stems create an attractive garden display. Red Perilla is an important ingredient in traditional sushi and for tinting and flavoring vinegar. (OP.)

One packet of about 750 seeds
Catalog #2955
  • Buy 10 for $3.55 each and save 11%
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Availability: In stock


Gardening Tips

Shiso Sowing Instructions
Planting Depth
Row Spacing:18”-24”
Hill Spacing:1”-2”
Days to Germination: 5-14 days
Germination Temperature: 65°-75°F

Shiso is also known as the beefsteak plant, Ji Soo, Chinese basil, the rattlesnake weed or Perilla. A gorgeous ornamental variety for kitchen gardens, it is prized in Asian cuisine. It is easy to grow from seed and can be direct-sown after the last frost date or started indoors 4 weeks before the last frost. As light aids germination, sow seed very shallowly in moist, rich, well-draining soil. Shiso will perform better in full sunlight but will tolerate and grow in virtually any light conditions from shade to full sun. Once the seedlings emerge, keep them fairly dry. When seedlings reach 1" to 2" tall, thin them to a final plant spacing of 12" apart, as Shiso does not like to be crowded. Pinch back the plants regularly to help make them bushy. To harvest, just pick the biggest, most healthy leaves. Use fresh, since they lose most of their taste when dried.

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