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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 29, 2012 6:01 PM CST
When you type perilla into the search it comes up with 3 perilla magilla
Please some one with more deciding powers figure what one is correct and stays, there are several photos involved
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Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Aug 29, 2012 6:10 PM CST
Also there are two perilla frutescens

one is listed as( Perilla frutescens)
the other( Perilla frutescens var. frutescens )

are these the same plant?
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Name: Zuzu
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zuzu
Aug 29, 2012 7:01 PM CST

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They're not the same. P. frutescens is a different plant from P. frutescens var. frutescens.

The Perilla Magilla thing is something of a mess because one is a Coleus (or maybe both of them are), so I'll look into that one and fix it.
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Aug 29, 2012 7:17 PM CST

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Okay, it's cleared up now, Cinda. Perilla 'Magilla' is a Coleus look-alike, is related to Coleus, and is even sold as a Coleus or Plectranthus by various nurseries, but it is a Perilla, so I've moved everything to the Perilla listing and deleted the other two. Thanks for finding this.
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gardengus
Aug 29, 2012 8:51 PM CST
Zuzu
You are so good at explaining things.
Please help me understand the difference between
P. frutescens and P.frutescens var. frutescens

My brain says it is like my name First, last and middle name or just first and last name , both a way to describe me (the same person).
I really am trying to understand , but if I am just a bother it is OK not to respond I will not be upset
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Aug 29, 2012 9:29 PM CST

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More like last, first, and middle name, in that order. There's Perilla (the surname). Perilla frutescens (the first name) and then a few subspecies of P. frutescens, corresponding to different middle names: P. frutescens var. crispa, P. frutescens var. frutescens, and P. frutescens var. hirtella. There once were 7 other subspecies in the classification, but now they're mere synonyms of other subspecies.

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