Saturday, September 16, 2006
Perilla frutescens is a decorative foliage annual ofter mistaken for Coleus. I have always had mine in containers on the deck planted with other part shade plants, but they can be planted in the ground with many other complementary plants. From what I understand several parts of the plant are edible, most commonly the leaves which are suppose to taste kind of cinnamon herbal. I keep mine evenly moist and pinch mid season to keep them full and bushy. There are other foliage colours and shapes but the above pictured is the most common type. I have not tried this, but they look like they would be easy to start from cuttings.