Herbs Shiso

Shiso Seed

Product ID: 2943

Eye-catching green leaves with red undersides.

Good salad mix item, or use larger leaves as sushi wraps or garnishes. Larger leaf and plant than our 'Red' and 'Green' shiso. Mild mint/basil aroma. Also good for ornamental use. Leaves show best color contrast when grown in temperatures below 85ºF (29ºC). Also known as perilla.

• Edible Flowers:The flowers are a flavorful addition to salads and Asian dishes. Pairs well with fish, rice, noodles, and cucumbers. The minty, basil-like flavor has hints of clove and cumin.

Avg. 8,800 seeds/oz. Packet: 200 seeds.


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1/2 Ounce

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1 Ounce

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Item cannot be ordered at this time. Estimated availability Jan 30, 2023

5 Pounds

Backordered Until Jan 30, 2023
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For best germination, seed should be stored in freezer until planted.

SOWING: Direct seed (recommended): Store seed in the freezer for best germination. Sow in spring after the last frost, 1-2 seeds per inch, in rows 18" apart. Sow seeds shallowly or cover lightly, as light is required for germination. Can grow somewhat thickly, or thin to 6-12" apart.


SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Shiso grows well in medium to rich, sandy soils.




HARVEST: Leaves may be harvested for fresh use once the plants have become established.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Perilla frutescens

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Perilla frutescens

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

80 - 85 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Grows Well in Containers Grows Well in Containers
Variety does well when grown in a container.
Edible Flowers Edible Flowers
Variety's flowers may be consumed.

Grows Well in Containers Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Edible Flowers