Plant Identification please

fernlover(z8)July 17, 2014

I bought this at the Mobile Botanical Garden plant sale a few years ago. It was brought by one of their members to sell and I think they said it was purple shield. I know now that was not correct. It dies out in the winter but just pops up all over the place in my yard in the spring and summer.
It reminds me of coleus and has purple/green with purple tint leaves.

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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

Perilla frutescens?

Def. not Persian Shield - (Strobilanthes dyerianus) which is tropical.

It would help if these plants were labeled with botanical names. You want to make sure you're not getting something invasive!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 10:43AM
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aftermidnight Zone7b B.C. Canada

Acalypha Wilkesiana Haleakala?

Annette

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 11:19AM
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fernlover(z8)

After researching, I thought it was some type of perilla but wanted confirmation. Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 12:37PM
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arkansas_girl(5A)

I believe this is basil, a purple basil. This stuff grew wild when I lived in Arkansas, reseeded very easily.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 12:43PM
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pitimpinai(z6 Chicago)

Perilla frutescens. Not basil.

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 1:58PM
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fernlover(z8)

Ok, think Perilla frutescens is it. Thanks everyone!

    Bookmark   July 17, 2014 at 2:04PM
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