If you have ONE of these this year, you will get a MILLION next year! :-D

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Date Photo Taken: June 2012
Location: Atlanta, Ga
Posted By: D Gardener


In the sun they get 2 – 3 feet tall, and are deep purple in color. Leaves about 4-5 inches long, 3 in wide. In the shade they stay smaller (about 1 foot tall) and they remain green, with smaller leaves. The smell is pleasant (when pulled up). I thought, ‘clove’, but it’s not enough like a clove. Spire of delicate purple flowers shoots out of the middle of each plant. Flowers eventually turn into seed pods & scatter ALL OVER! They grow well in pots and in the ground. Thanks for any help! 🙂


  1. HappyTeacher Unregistered says:

    Looks like purple basil to me… very invasive but easy to weed.

    June 21st, 2012 at 9:32 am
  2. stone Unregistered says:

    Perilla. I pull out tons of it every spring when it gets large enough to handle… but always keep a few plants.
    It’s a cooking herb for oriental cuisine.
    Often mentioned in recipes for house pets…

    June 21st, 2012 at 10:18 am
  3. Buck Unregistered says:

    I have them; I used to know the name. They are, to the best of my memory, a relative of basil. They do spread, as you noted, but they are pretty mixed in with other things or in mass, and they are easy to pull up when you don’t want them.

    June 21st, 2012 at 10:18 am
  4. Angelyn Flower Fanatic says:

    Ah, yes . . . Shiso (Perilla frutescens). I love this plant AND you are correct. It will spread freely and easily. I pull up lots of babies each year in order to keep my harvest manageable. My favorite use for Shiso is as a cold beverage: http://treehaven.org/garden-conversations/drinking-shiso/

    June 21st, 2012 at 11:28 am
  5. dee g Unregistered says:

    THANK YOU ALL SOOOOO MUCH!!! I am thrilled to know what this is, and even more excited since it’s a good plant! You’ve given me a new affection for it!! LOL!!!

    Angelyn, thank you for the link. The shiso beverage looks yummy and refreshing!!

    Again, thank you all for replying, and for helping me out!! Greatly appreciated!

    Have a great day!!

    June 26th, 2012 at 4:49 pm

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