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Beefsteak Plant, Mint Perilla, Perilla Mint, Perilla

[Perilla frutescens (L.) Britton]

Lamiaceae (Mint Family)

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Beefsteak Plant, Perilla:  (not in Weeds of the Northeast, nor Weeds of the Great Plains)

                     summer annual with opposite, oval-pointed leaves with toothed margins; leaves have a strong odor if bruised

                     leaves often dark-green to purplish in color

                     flowers small, in terminal spikes

                     an escaped herb of Asian origin; prefers moist, semi-shaded to full-sun, fertile soils

                     found in gardens, woodlands, roadsides, non-crop areas

                    toxic to livestock



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