Beefsteak Plant

Perilla frutescens


Other Names:
Perilla Mint, Common Perilla, Korean Perilla, Chinese Basil, Purple Mint, Purple Perilla, Shiso, Wild Basil, Blueweed, Joseph's Coat, Wild Coleus, Rattlesnake Weed

Beefsteak Plant is a non-native plant found throughout much of eastern North America. Originally from East Asia, it is highly invasive and fast-spreading, crowding out native plant species. It was sold in the United States as early as the beginning of the 1800s. Beefsteak Plant is not popular with farmers, because it is toxic to farm animals.

Identification Tools

Illinois Wildflowers Go Botany Invasive Plant Atlas of the United States


North America Virginia

Beefsteak flowers
Beefsteak flowers are small and very regularly spaced

Beefsteak Plants
Beefsteak Plants in bloom

Beefsteak Plant
A Beefsteak Plant in bloom

Beefsteak Plants
Beefsteak Plants

Beefsteak Plant
A Beefsteak Plant

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