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These highly ornamental annuals resemble coleus and make excellent container plants. Deep purple crinkled scalloped leaves are wonderful in mixed green salads. They have a cinnamon scent and a sharp curry flavor. Very popular (called "Shiso") in Asian cooking. Grows 2-3 feet tall. Packet is 1 gram, about 440 seeds.
Refrigerate 4 days before sowing. Sow seed in cell packs or flats, press into soil but do not cover. Needs light to germinate. Kept at 70° F., germination is in 7-14 days. Can be direct sown into prepared seed beds (do not cover) after all danger of frost.