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Shiso, Red

Culinary & Medicinal Herb Seeds

We carry a diverse variety of herb seeds, including culinary herbs, medicinals, ethnobotanicals, native plants of the PNW, and nectar and pollen rich flowers attractive to bees, butterflies, and other beneficial insects. All varieties are open pollinated, we do not sell hybrid seeds. Average seed life is 3 years. Please allow 1-2 weeks for shipping.

Shiso, Red


Shiso, Red


(Perilla frutescens)

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Common Names
Red Shiso, Shiso, Perilla

Botanical Name
Perilla frutescens

Plant Family
Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

Native Range
Southeast Asia, India

Life Cycle

Hardiness Zone
Grown as an annual herb in zones 2-11. Frost tender perennial. Will overwinter in zones 10-11.

Maroon-purple leaves are large and slightly crinkled. An ornamental looking foliage plant that grows to 4ft in bloom with small white flowers. 

Full sun to part shade, regular garden soil.

Seeds are started indoors in flats and the transplanted out once all danger of frost has passed. 

Plants do well outdoors in a sunny spot or planted in the greenhouse. Plants can be overwintered inside in pots.

The aerial parts are gathered as needed during the growing season.

Culinary Uses
Popular Japanese herb with a flavour that is an interesting combination of nutmeg, clove, and anise. Often used as a cocktail herb.

Medicinal Uses
Perilla is a warming herb with immune stimulating and anti-inflammatory properties. 

Kitchen Garden, Attracts Pollinators, Container Garden.