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How does that compare with the broad leafed, dark purple variety that I also understand is a violet?
Other than the fuzzy yellow throat and darker coloring, I've noticed the blossoms between the two are remarkably similar.
But the leaves are totally different... ?
Good call, Chester. These definitely do appear to be Perilla frutescens, though I'm not convinced that Crispa is the correct variety.
When I looked into your suggestion, the information suggested that the variety gone feral in N. America is different and has deviated in flavor and usefulness. Not true Shiso. The scent I experienced certainly seemed to vary from the notes flavor of true Shiso.
Perhaps some field testing will clear up the question... Thoughts?
Thank you both for your help. I believe we are getting much closer on this one.