Perilla Frutescens Seed - Beefsteak Plant Herb Seeds

Perilla Frutescens Seeds

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Beefsteak Plant (Perilla Frutescens) - This must-have for the herb garden is an annual that goes by many different common names including: Ao Shiso, Beefsteak Plant, Ji Soo, Purple Perilla, Shiso, Wild Basil, Wild Red Basil, Chinese Basil, Purple Mint, Rattlesnake Week and Summer Coleus.

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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

3 - 11

HEIGHT

36 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Mid summer to early fall

BLOOM COLOR

Pink to white

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun

SOIL TYPE

Light to medium moist well-drained and rich soil, pH 6.1 - 7.8

LATIN NAME

Perilla Frutescens

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

70F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

15 - 30 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

1/8th - 1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

3 - 4 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

18 - 24 inches

Beefsteak Plant (Perilla Frutescens) - Start Perilla frutescens seeds for a beautiful foliage plant that is also a great culinary herb. This must-have for the herb garden is an annual that goes by many different common names including: Ao Shiso, Beefsteak Plant, Wild Basil, Wild Red Basil, Chinese Basil, Summer Coleus, Wild Coleus, Purple Mint, and there are probably more names for this treasured herb plant. Perilla will grow as a perennial in regions that are frost-free.

This ornamental herb is very attractive with deep purple stems that are square and purple to red tinted leaves. It is a bushy plant and can reach 36 inches in height. Grow Perilla herb in full sun and in rich, moist, and well-drained soil. The Wild Coleus plant is highly aromatic with a minty scent, and it is very attractive to butterflies. In humid climates, the herb plants grow very quickly, and to maintain a neat appearance, pinch the tops off.

As a culinary herb, Perilla is a sweet-spicy flavoring that is widely used in oriental cuisine such as stir fries, raw fish, vegetable dishes, rice and soups. The red color of the Perilla leaves is used to color and pickle fruits and vegetables. The Perilla seeds are used to make nutritious cooking oil as well. Many vitamins and minerals are found in this herb plant, and it is 2000 times as sweet as sugar.

How To Grow Perilla From Herb Seeds: Start the herb seeds indoors 4 - 6 weeks before the end of frost season is expected. Lightly cover the Beefsteak Plant seeds with soil and keep moist. Transplant the Perilla plants outside once temperatures are consistently warm. Give the Purple Mint plants some protection, such as a cloche, until they are growing well.

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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

5 - 8

HEIGHT

24 - 36 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Late spring through summer

BLOOM COLOR

Mix

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 6.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Verbascum Phoenicium

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

68F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 21 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

Do not cover the seed but press into the soil

SOWING RATE

8 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

18 - 24 inches

CARE & MAINTENANCE

Verbascum

Verbascum (Verbascum Phoenicium Hybrids Mix) - This free flowering mix grown from Verbascum seeds will give your garden weeks of lovely colors. Commonly called Purple Mullein, this plant has dark green, crinkly leaves and beautiful spikes of papery-thin, round 5 - petaled blooms in shades of white, rose, and violet. The Purple Mullein plant starts blooming from the bottom of the spike and proceeds upward, opening one by one. Mullein flowers look lovely in a mixed border, and they can bloom from late spring up until the first frost. It is both deer and rabbit resistant, and butterflies love it! Verbascum flowers are excellent for cutting as well. Also considered to be a medicinal herb, the Mullein herb has diuretic, analgesic, expectorant, and antiseptic properties.

How To Grow Mullein From Seed: Plant Mullein seeds indoors 6 - 8 weeks before last frost date. Lightly press the Verbascum flower seeds into the soil, but do not cover with soil since the seeds need light to germinate. Keep constantly moist, not wet, and the herb seeds will germinate in 14 - 21 days. For outdoor sowing, wait until frost danger has passed, and sow Purple Mullein seeds directly into prepared seed bed. Spacing should be about 18 - 24 inches apart. Verbascum Mullein will bloom the first year if the flower seeds are sown early enough in the season. Flowers can be left on to self-seed or can be deadheaded to encourage more blooming.

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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Annual

USDA ZONES

5 - 9

HEIGHT

20 - 24 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Mid summer to early fall

BLOOM COLOR

Yellow

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun

SOIL TYPE

Well drained, dry, rocky, poor soils

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Cnicus Benedictus

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

70F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 21 days: if no germ move to 39F for 4wks, recycle

LIGHT REQUIRED

No - should be planted in darkness

DEPTH

1/4 inch

SOWING RATE

1 - 2 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

12 - 15 inches

Blessed Thistle (Cnicus Benedictus) - Blessed Thistle seeds are grown as a medicinal herb. The herb is native to the Mediterranean area and has been used for centuries as a cure-all herb. The Blessed Thistle plant is an attractive annual that is freely branching with toothed leaves that have spines. In mid-summer, thistle-like yellow flower heads are produced. The entire plant, stem, leaves and flower heads have a light down covering.

The flowering tops, leaves, and upper stems are used to make medicine. Young tender leaves can be eaten, or dried leaves can be used to make teas. The Blessed Thistle herb has been used to treat numerous ailments over the centuries, including the plague. Today it is used to promote milk production in lactating women and for menstrual problems.

How To Grow Blessed Thistle: Sow Blessed Thistle seeds directly outdoors in the spring after danger of frost has passed. Blessed Thistle grows best in an area of the garden that receives full sun. The ground must offer good drainage. Harvest before it flowers. Plant can be cut back by 1/3 and harvested 2 - 3 times during a growing season. If a few flowers are allowed to go to seed, it will re-seed for next year's use. Birds also enjoy the seed, so some gardeners recommend gathering the herb seeds and sowing it to ensure next year's supply.

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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

4 - 8

HEIGHT

36 - 48 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Early to late summer

BLOOM COLOR

Pink

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Moist

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Epilobium Angustifolium

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

Lower temperatures of less than 41F are very effective for first 30 - 60 days, then 70F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 21 days after cold stratification

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

Do not cover, only press them in gently

SOWING RATE

5 - 10 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

24 inches

Fireweed (Epilobium Angustifolium) - Start Fireweed seeds for this versatile perennial that offers beauty as well as value as a medicinal herb. The perennial has slender upright spikes of flowers in shades of rosy pink in the months of June - September. It gets its name from the fact that it is often the first weed to colonize in an area that has been destroyed by fire.


Medicinal uses

Native Americans used the Willowherb plant as a good source of vitamin C and pro-vitamin A. Medicinally, the herb seeds can also be grown to relieve inflammation, draw out infection in wounds, and to treat burns.

fireweed flowers

Fireweed seed |

How to grow

How To Grow Fireweed From Seed: Fireweed seeds do best with a cold/moist treatment for 4 weeks prior to planting, or directly sow the herb seeds outdoors in the fall.

Do not cover seeds, but gently press them into the soil. Seeds must be kept moist until germination begins in 14 - 21 days after the cold stratification.

  • Sowing Rate: 5 - 10 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Depth: Do not cover, press seeds in gently
willowherb seeds fireweed

Flower Specifications

Other common names include: Willow Herb, Rosebay Willowherb, and Yanagiran. Fireweed is very attractive to bees and butterflies, and Fireweed honey has become quite sought after.

  • Height: 36 - 48 inches
  • USDA Zones: 4 - 8
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: No
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Flower Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

3 - 8

HEIGHT

18 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Summer

BLOOM COLOR

Blue

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 6.1 - 7.8

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Nepeta Cataria

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

60 - 70F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

7 - 14 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

1/8 inch

SOWING RATE

2 - 3 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

Rows 18 inches a part; thin seedlings 12 inches

Lemon Catnip (Nepeta Cataria) - Start Catnip seeds and grow this attractive plant for your xeriscape garden that attracts beneficial insects. The blue flowers are rich in nectar and attract honey bees. The plant is slightly smaller than other varieties and is better behaved. Nepeta plants can be somewhat sprawling and floppy, so don't hesitate to trim them back a few times during the growing season to neaten them up and encourage more blooms. These herbs can be grown for teas and have a calming effect. Growing Lemon Catnip is a wonderful way to bring a lemony scent to your landscape or garden, and it's a reliable plant giving years of pleasure. Start these flower seeds indoors in late winter for transplanting out after frosts have passed.

Approximate Seeds Per Ounce: 35,000

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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

4 - 9

HEIGHT

60 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Late spring through summer

BLOOM COLOR

Purple

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Rich organic soil, pH 6.0 - 7.0

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Symphytum Officinale

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

60 - 70F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

If germination does not occur after 14 - 21 days a cooling period of 2 - 4 weeks is recommended

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

1/8 - 1/4 inch deep

SOWING RATE

1 - 2 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination occurs

PLANT SPACING

36 inches

Comfrey (Symphytum Officinale) - Comfrey has been used as a healing herb for centuries. The comfrey herb is native to Asia and Europe, but early English immigrants brought it to North America for medicinal purposes. Common Comfrey, Latin name: Symphytum officinale, grows to be approximately 60 inches tall. It has slender lance-shaped leaves and produces bell-shaped purple flowers that bloom from May to September. Comfrey, even when grown from Comfrey seed, has a deep root system with thick dark-colored roots. Comfrey may have violet, pink or creamy yellow flowers.

Comfrey contains chemicals that speed up wound healing. It has astringent, antifungal and antibacterial properties. Comfrey also contains a wide variety of healthy chemicals and nutrients. It has been recently learned that it can be a carcinogenic when taken internally, but it is still used as a topical treatment for skin irritations, cuts, sprains and swelling.

The form and size of the Comfrey herb might have you thinking it is a shrub, but it will die back to the ground in the winter and it does not get woody. Comfrey has a deep tap root, so it is extremely drought tolerant and a useful clay busting plant. It is also useful as a slug and snail repellent.

Leaves can be harvested and dried at any time. If you are growing it to harvest the leaves, you can make your first cutting when the plants are about 2 feet tall. Cut back to within a few inches of the crow. If you begin harvesting early, you won't get flowers. Leaves, flowers and roots have all been used in traditional medicine, but use extreme caution if you don't know what you're doing. Comfrey should never be taken orally and even a topical application can cause problems.

Grows quickly

Comfrey plants grow up fast early in the season, reaching a height of about 3 or even 5 feet. The lower leaves are large, the plant features hanging bells of flowers at the top of the plant.

Comfrey topical ointment made from comfrey plant

Comfrey | herb seed

How to grow

Planting Comfrey from Seeds: As with all rapid growers, comfrey needs a lot of nitrogen. Comfrey gets all its nitrogen from the soil, so some regular fertilization is essential. It does best with good soil moisture until establishment.

When planted in the right place, it will pretty much take care of itself. Once the comfrey plant is mature and established, it should not require excessive amounts of water and may not need to be watered at all!

  • * Requires cold treatment*
  • Step 1: Sow seed in a moisten soil-less growing medium like peat moss
  • Step 2: enclose in plastic bag or small container then place in refrigerator for a 20-60 days.
  • Step 3: Place in a warm area for germination, providing soil temperatures of 68-80 degrees F
Comfrey plant harvested

Grow your own herbs

Comfrey is a beautiful addition to any border and is great for grabbing attention to the back of a border. Comfrey's tall height makes it a perfect candidate to grow around trees in an orchard. As a nutrient accumulator, comfrey mines the subsoil for nutrients (potassium, phosphorus, calcium, and more).

  • Perfect for permacultures
  • Attracts pollinators
  • Provides habitat for beneficial insects
  • Fertilizes with nutrient-rich mulch
tall comfrey plant

Comfrey: Permaculture Hero

Excellent bioactivator: Adding comfrey cuttings to a compost bin is an easy way to balance out the carbon-to-nitrogen ratio and jumpstart decomposition. The finished compost will have a higher nutrient content with the addition of comfrey

Conditions soil: Comfrey’s deep roots (up to 6 feet deep!) break up tough clay and create channels for aeration and better water absorption. If you have an area with compacted soil where you plan to grow perennials in the future, plant the area with comfrey to break up and loosen the soil in preparation.

Mulch with comfrey: Helps retain moisture and protect beneficial soil organisms. Comfrey mulch decomposes quickly, which activates soil microbes. This will protect your soil and help prevent erosion.


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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

3 - 9

HEIGHT

24 - 36 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Summer

BLOOM COLOR

Yellow

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Moist, well-drained soil of average fertility

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

LATIN NAME

Tanacetum Vulgare

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

68F - if no germination in 3 - 4 wks, move to 24 - 39F for 2 - 4 wks

AVERAGE GERM TIME

21 - 28 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

Surface sow and thinly cover

SOWING RATE

5 - 7 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

24 - 36 inches

Tansy (Tanacetum Vulgare) - Start Tansy seeds and grow the commonly known plant Golden Buttons or Common Tansy. Common Tansy herb plants grow to two to three feet tall with small yellow button-like flowers. The Tansy leaves are used dry to make dyes and many forms of insect repellents. This is an herb plant grown from herb seeds that you DO NOT eat.

Insect repellent

Tansy is used as an effective insect repellent and can be an asset in the garden as a companion plant for cucumbers, squash, roses and some berries to help keep the plants pest-free.

tansy flowers

Herb seed | tansy

How to grow

How To Grow Tansy From Seed: Start Tansy seeds directly outdoors once frost danger has passed. Lightly cover the herb seeds and keep them moist. Golden Buttons plants self-sow abundantly by dropping its seeds.

It's best to keep the spent flowers deadheaded in order to keep the Common Tansy herb plants from spreading too aggressively. The herb plants need about an inch of moisture every week.

  • Sowing Rate: 5 - 7 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 21 - 28 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees and butterflies
  • Depth: Surface sow and thinly cover
golden buttons herb

Harvesting Tansy

You can harvest Tansy leaves anytime. For best quality, always harvest in the morning after the dew has dried. You can pick the flowers in the afternoon from midsummer to fall when they are almost fully open. Don't use Tansy in cooking, even though you may find older recipes that may include it. Tansy herb may cause illness when taken internally.

  • Height: 24 - 36 inches
  • USDA Zones: 3 - 9
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Herb Specifications

SEASON

Perennial

USDA ZONES

4 - 9

HEIGHT

36 inches

BLOOM SEASON

Summer

BLOOM COLOR

Purple

ENVIRONMENT

Full sun to partial shade

SOIL TYPE

Well-drained, pH 5.8 - 7.2

DEER RESISTANT

Yes

HOUSE PLANT

No

LATIN NAME

Agastache Rugosa

Planting Directions

TEMPERATURE

68F

AVERAGE GERM TIME

14 - 21 days

LIGHT REQUIRED

Yes

DEPTH

Do not cover the seed but tightly press into the soil

DEPTH

SOWING RATE

2 - 3 seeds per plant

MOISTURE

Keep seeds moist until germination

PLANT SPACING

18 inches

Korean Mint(Agastache Rugosa) - Bring the bees and butterflies to your garden when you start Korean mint seeds and grow this wonderfully fragrant perennial Agastache herb plant. Agastache Rugosa has tall flower spikes that are full of mauve flowers that bloom at different times.



Many common names

This popular herb goes by many names including: blue licorice, purple giant hyssop, Indian mint, wrinkled giant hyssop, huo xiang, Chinese patchouli, and Korean hyssop.

korean mint flowers

Agastache seed | Rugosa

How to grow

How To Grow Agastache From Seed: Growing Korean mint from seed is easy and rewarding. Agastache Rugosa seeds can be directly started outdoors in a prepared seedbed. Press the herb seeds into the soil but do not cover them. The plant is not picky about the soil, but it does prefer to be in full sun to partial shade.

  • Sowing Rate: 2 - 3 seeds per plant
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
  • Keep moist until germination
  • Attracts bees, butterflies and hummingbirds
  • Depth: Do not cover, but lightly press seed into soil
agastache rugosa seeds

Flower Specifications

Korean Mint usually reaches 36 inches in height and it's popular with the insects with its liquorice-like scent. These flowers are also very nice for cutting and adding to fresh flower arrangements.

  • Height: 36 inches
  • USDA Zones: 4 - 9
  • Season: Perennial
  • Deer Resistant: Yes

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