Perilla, Perilla frutenscens, is also known as Japanese Basil, Purple Perilla and Red Perilla. Perilla has aromatic purple leaves. A flavouring for fish, tofu, tempura and pickles. The seeds are a source of edible oil. A folk remedy to aid the diaphragm, clear the intestines and regulate vital energy. An anti-oxidant. Will grow well in a container. Perilla is native to south east Asia and prefers moist well drained soils in a sunny or semi-shaded position. Drought and frost tender. An annual plant that readily self seeds.
This selection is purple on purple – both sides of the leaf are purple.