Britton Shiso has 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 the ‘Red’ or ‘Green’ shiso. Mild mint/basil aroma. Also good for ornamental use. Leaves show best colour contrast when grown in temperatures below (29ºC). Also known as Perilla.
Shiso has a very similar growing season to basil, and performs just as well in containers as in the garden bed. Provide full sun and well drained soil.
Sow – Sow two weeks after last frost date or when soil warms. Around October to mid December. (COOL CLIMATE)
Spacing – 30cm
Perilla frutescens var. crispa, also known by its Japanese name shiso, is a cultigen of Perilla frutescens, a herb in the mint family Lamiaceae. It is native to the mountainous regions of China and India, but is now found worldwide. The plant occurs in several forms, as defined by the characteristics of their leaves, including red, green, bicolor, and ruffled. Shiso is perennial and may be cultivated as an annual in temperate climates.