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  • Aka Hon Chirimen Shiso (Perilla)
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Aka Hon Chirimen Shiso (Perilla) (30 seeds) (HB257) $3.00

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Aka Hon Chirimen Shiso (Perilla)

         
 
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This stunning perilla was found in Japan where it is not only grown for the seed oil, but the red colored varieties are popular for dying radishes, ginger, and pickled pink garlic called Shiso Katsuo Ninniku. It is also what gives Japanese Ume vinegar its bright red color. In addition, red perilla makes an amazingly sturdy and breathtaking border plant. One of the most attactive red plants we know! A must for pickles, perfect for salads and sushi. Easy to grow and produces super fast.

Can be toxic to cattle and other livestock, especially horses

 
Aka Hon Chirimen Shiso (Perilla)
Overall Rating:
         
4.0
 
 
Number of Reviews: 4
Easy to Grow 4.0
EarlyMaturity 2.5

75.0% would recommend this item to a friend.

 
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15 out of 15 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Lilmsladypoetnc
Location:
Louisburg, NC, United States
Date:
February 21, 2019
          4.0
 
Mosquito repellant
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? Shallow rooted, easy to grow

What are the cons? Seeds spread everywhere

Review:

I didn't order seed from Rare Seeds, but I have this growing in my yard. It is shallow rooted and easy to pull or decimate extra, tiny seedlings. Cut before it drops seed in late summer, to control the spread. I grow this around my chicken coop and it repels insects- especially mosquitoes! I pull leaves and rub them on exposed skin and it works better than any mosquito repellent except high DEET types. I get eaten alive and get big welts! It really works!! I've shared with friends who use as a mosquito repellent, too. I break off fresh tips and strip leaves to throw in the nesting boxes. My chickens won't eat it, so it grows well around there coop and they don't bother it while out free-ranging. Mine has a much more pleasant scent than "OFF"- sort of a spicy anise/basil scent. This year I am potting some up and putting it near our outdoor fire pit area! And plan to try making some water and oil-infused batches to use as mosquito repellent when I'm not in the garden.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

11 out of 11 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
AB
Location:
Palmer, AK, United States
Date:
September 11, 2018
          5.0
 
beautiful different from pic
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0
 

What are the pros? beauty, taste

What are the cons? slow to get going

Review:

This took a while to germinate but did well once it was up and going. I'm unsure whether it was due to the cooler summer or longer daylight hours, but mine is only faintly purple, more of a soft green with a light purple blush over the leaves and stems. Still very pretty but nothing like the deep purple pictured on the website. As promised, it is a beautiful herb and adds a nice zip to salads and soups. Even if you don't want to eat it, it is worth growing for its beauty. Would be absolutely lovely in a border planting

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No

18 out of 28 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Jenny
Location:
Tiger, GA, United States
Date:
April 26, 2018
          1.0
 
dont plant in the south
Easy to Grow 0.0
EarlyMaturity 0.0
 

What are the pros? none

What are the cons? tremendously invasive in the s

Review:

this becomes a noxious weed in GA, so plant accordingly. Can be toxic to livestock as mentioned, and spreads all over pastures. I am fighting it constantly and I never planted it. Don't know where it came from. Live kudzu

Would you recommend this product to a friend? No

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43 out of 43 people found the following review helpful:

Nickname:
Effie
Location:
Syracuse, NY, United States
Date:
December 25, 2017
          5.0
 
Self seeding in Upstate NY
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 5.0
 

What are the pros? Easy to grow and self seeding

What are the cons? Favored by chickens!

Review:

We grew this variety in a purple and green mix several years back. It grew well the first year and to my suprise it self seeded and returned again and again for the next 4 years. This year the chickens got to it and I am wondering if any made it to seed, so will be buying again. We liked it mixed into salads and herb blens added a nice spice to both. Will continue to find a place for this in my garden for the forseeable future.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

Was this review helpful? Yes  No
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