Common Name Other Names

Beefsteak plant, Chinese basil, Purple perilla, wild sesame (English common names), Ban Tulsi (Bengali), Su Zi (Mandarin), Shosi, Egoma (Japanese). Different names are used for the different parts of the perilla plant used as foods or medicines.

BOTANICAL NAME/FAMILY

Perilla frutescens (L.) Britt.

There are several botanical variants that seem to be used interchangeably: P. frutescens\/ar. crispa, P. frutescens var. japonica (family Lamiaceae or Labiatae [mint family]).

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