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[ de ] gemeine Schwarznessel
[ en ] common perilla
[ en ] perilla mint
[ zh ] zǐ sū
[ zh ] 紫苏
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Asia (Himalayas to southern China and Myanmar). The wild plant, which is widespread in its native area of distribution, was taken into cultivation in China in ancient times, and now exists in several cultivated varieties (q.v.), used particularly in China and Japan. Japanese immigrants introduced cultivated plants of the species into western USA, where it then naturalized as a weed