Perilla (Perilla frutescens)

also known as: Purple Perilla, Beefsteak Plant, Shiso, Wild Basil, Wild Red Basil, Chinese Basil, Purple Mint, Rattlesnake Weed and Summer Coleus


Division - Magnoliaphyta
Class - Magnoliopsida
Subclass - Asteridae
Order - Lamiales
Family - Lamiaceae
Genus - Perilla


The line between weed and ornamental plant is a blurry line. Perilla is generally considered an ornamental annual, planted from seed. However, it does seed itself, and as can be seen in these pictures, can infest as a weed the next year. Here we see perilla infesting a whole area of the now former Broad and South Garden.



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