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Can someone ID this herb?

Posted by ctlady z5 CT (My Page) on
Sun, Sep 19, 10 at 23:08

This plant has LARGE leaves (hard to tell from the photo but some are probably 5" inches long by about 3 inches wide), has a definite (to several of us) chocolate scent when leaves are crushed, and is blooming with spikes of small, pink flowers. I would say it's a basil-type flower but could also be a mint structure. It doesn't smell particularly mint-like and the leaves are quite large -- the size of a good-sized coleus leaf. It was a volunteer that came in a pot of chives from a plant swap.

Any notion of what it is? Chocolate mint? Or the mythical (perhaps fitional?) chocolate basil?

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RE: Can someone ID this herb?

I don't think it is chocolate anything. It looks more like Perilla frutescens or shiso. Shiso has medicinal and culinary use. Most run across it in Japanese sushi.


Here is a link that might be useful: Shiso

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