red shiso seeds


ornamental herb seeds with indescribable flavour.

Likened to basil, people find it hard to define the flavour. Popular in Japan and all over Asia it is a perfect addition to your curated herb garden. 

why it's special:

  • Great served with raw fish, seafood and pickles.
  • Grow as a microgreen for strongly flavoured goodness.
  • Fast to grow and thrives in garden containers.

good to know:

Plant LightFull sun

Pot PlantsPot friendly

Windowsill PlantFuss-free

Botanical name: Perilla, Shiso ‘Akajiso’ Red Leaf
Open-pollinated, GMO-free seeds.

Delivery times 
Location Delivery Price Timings
UK Standard £2.95 2-3 business days
  Express £7.95 Next day delivery
(placed before 11.00 am)


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plant size

60 cm
45 cm



Full sun.

soil conditions


Free draining.

urban growing


Little watering.
Free draining soil.

when to sow


when to harvest

care tip

Try growing as a micro green for compact goodness and strong flavour.


botanical name
Perilla frutescens var. crispa

other names
Japanese or Chinese Basil, Purple Mint.

plant type

pot size
50 cm

pet / baby safe

approx. number of seeds

sowing guide
Surface sow 2-3 seeds per hole on firm, damp soil and pat down. Pop a newspaper sheet over the lot and keep in the shade to germinate.

about red shisho

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.

in the records

Shiso was originally grown for lamp oil. Seeds were crushed to make the oil, the practice died out due to the expense. The plant had a resurgence when it was discovered to be an asset both in the kitchen and the medicine cabinet.

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