Perilla frutescens (L.) Britton

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

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  • Scientific Name

    Perilla frutescens (L.) Britton

  • Description

    Species Description - Lvs ovate-oblong to broadly ovate, 8–15 cm, short- acuminate, coarsely serrate or incised; infls 5–15 cm, terminal and from the upper axils; bracts oval, folded; pedicels 1–3 mm; cal at anthesis 3 mm, in fr 9–12 mm and hairy within. Native of India, cult. for its ornamental foliage and sometimes used as a condiment, but in larger amounts causing severe pulmonary edema; escaped into waste places and roadsides, Mass. to Io. and Kans., s. to Fla. and Tex. Aug., Sept.

  • Common Names