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Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens (Purple perilla )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1m
Max height
0.6m
Max spread
1 year
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens

Other names

Purple perilla , Purple-leaved beefsteak plant, Purple shiso, Purple common perilla, Wild perilla, Perilla frutescens var. atropurpurea, Perilla ocymoides var. purpurascens, Perilla frutescens 'Purpurascens', Red shiso

Genus

Perilla Perilla

Species

P. frutescens var. purpurascens - P. frutescens var. purpurascens is a vigorous, erect, bushy, aromatic, hairy annual with ovate, pointed, toothed, wrinkled, maroon leaves and whorled spikes of tiny, two-lipped, bell-shaped, pink flowers in summer.


Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Erect, Bushy

Flower

Pink, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Maroon in Spring; Maroon in Summer; Maroon in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

General care

Pruning

Pinch out flower buds to encourage leaf production.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers at 13-18C in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


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Where to grow

Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens (Purple perilla ) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.6m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Foliage only, Edging, Containers, City, Beds and borders, Add to salads, Ground Cover

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Use as a foliage bedding plant and use young leaves in salads.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens

Other names

Purple perilla , Purple-leaved beefsteak plant, Purple shiso, Purple common perilla, Wild perilla, Perilla frutescens var. atropurpurea, Perilla ocymoides var. purpurascens, Perilla frutescens 'Purpurascens', Red shiso

Genus

Perilla Perilla

Species

P. frutescens var. purpurascens - P. frutescens var. purpurascens is a vigorous, erect, bushy, aromatic, hairy annual with ovate, pointed, toothed, wrinkled, maroon leaves and whorled spikes of tiny, two-lipped, bell-shaped, pink flowers in summer.

Native to

Southeastern Asia

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Foliage is aromatic.

Habit

Erect, Bushy


Colour

Flower

Pink, Insignificant or absent in Summer

Foliage

Maroon in Spring; Maroon in Summer; Maroon in Autumn

General care

Pruning

Pinch out flower buds to encourage leaf production.

Propagation

Sow seed in containers at 13-18C in spring.

Propagation methods

Seed


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens (Purple perilla ) will reach a height of 1m and a spread of 0.6m after 1 year.

Suggested uses

Foliage only, Edging, Containers, City, Beds and borders, Add to salads, Ground Cover

Cultivation

Grow in fertile, moist but well-drained soil in sun or partial shade. Use as a foliage bedding plant and use young leaves in salads.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 11, Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4, Zone 3, Zone 2

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Perilla frutescens var. purpurascens (Purple perilla )

Common pest name

tomato thrips

Scientific pest name

Ceratothripoides brunneus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Thrips present in Africa; the Caribbean and parts of Asia; frequently intercepted in the UK. Can cause significant damage to tomatoes and other crops in countries where it is present. Europe wide PRA will consider its potential to establish and cause damage.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

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Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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