Gorgeous red frilly leaves and edible purple flowers with complex flavors of cinnamon, spice, anise, and basil. One of the eight major spices of Japanese cuisine, used to color and flavor ginger, pickles, sushi, rice, and now items like cocktails, jellies, and juices. Makes a gorgeous red tea with tropical flavors. In the garden, it repels pests, including deer. A member of the mint family, Perilla frutescens. A summer annual, grown like basil. The perfect companion to set off flowers or green vegetables, draw pollinators, and make bouquets really pop. Nice in pots on a patio, to scent the air and repel pests. Full of healthful anthocyanins. Herbal uses: colds, digestive support, allergies.