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    john9159 is offline Sprouter
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    Default Is this a herb? Please identify.

    Hi,
    Saw this growing on a neighbour's plot at the allotments. Both he and I want to know what it is.
    The leaves are green on top side, purple underneath and about 4-5" long.
    When first seen growing, it had a smell reminiscent of mint but now that it is larger and been growing for several months it is of licorice.
    He was given seeds to eat after a meal in an Indian restaurant, a kind of breath freshener I guess, but he kept seeds which he planted and here is the result.
    Pic attached.

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    Have a Google of perilla see if it matches up
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    I'd suggest Perilla too
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    Does anyone know where I can buy plants (not seeds) of perilla by mail order, phone or internet? I want to write about it this year, and know from long experience that I only manage to germinate it from seed about once every decade!

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    Manor Farm Herbs: Basils Parsleys & Shiso
    Other suppliers are available - search for Shiso. Plants don't seem to be available until May so you may be in time.
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