Photo: Perilla frutescens.

Botanical name: 

Red (akashiso) and green plants (aoshiso), side by side. Some think shiso has a heavenly scent. I think it smells of catpiss, or stinkbugs. But then, I also think that cilantro smells (and tastes) of used dishwashing water. MTT Karila research station, Mikkeli, Finland. Planted. 1999-07-23.

Perilla frutescens (L.) Britt.
Engl.: beefsteakplant, common perilla, green-leaved perilla, shiso, wild perilla.
Deu.: Grünes Shiso.
Suom.: veripeippi, shiso.
Sven.: bladmynta, kinesisk bladmynta, shiso.
Jap.: ao shiso.
Bot. syn.: Melissa cretica Lour., Melissa maxima Ard., Mentha perilloides Lam., Ocimum frutescens L., Perilla arguta Benth., Perilla avium Dunn, Perilla ocymoides L., Perilla urticaefolia Salisb.

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Photo: Perilla frutescens.

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