Coleus forum: The true nature of "Perilla Magilla"

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Name: Ron
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rattlebox
Oct 14, 2014 9:09 AM CST
The true nature of "Perilla Magilla"

If you have already seen the blog "Perilla Magilla" vs. Perilla vs. Coleus please ignore this thread and I apologize.

I feel the true nature of the plant widely known as "Perilla Magilla" is important.

I posted the information as a blog-post in order to retain the formatting I had designed into the article, some of which doesn't work in forums. At the moment, the only reason for the blog's existance is to expose "Perilla Magilla".

If you have not read the post but would like to, please see here:

"Perilla Magilla" vs. Perilla vs. Coleus

Thank you for your attention,

Ron
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Oct 14, 2014 5:37 PM CST

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I have purple Shiso all over my property.. self seeds like crazy.. nothing like coleus
Name: Tiffany
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purpleinopp
Nov 18, 2015 11:30 AM CST



I've had this plant for about 6 yrs & found the above blooms/buds when trimming stems to bring inside for winter. This is probably the latest (date in the year) this plant has been able to stay outside for summer in my yard, finally expecting frost this weekend. I suspect that has something to do with it, a short-day bloomer? It's definitely blooming. I'd put a pic in the database entry in January or Feb of this year of a puny bloom that formed inside, but these look like any other Coleus flower to me.
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Name: Allison
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Onewish1
Nov 19, 2015 3:46 AM CST

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Yeah pretty close in blooms Hurray!
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purpleinopp
Nov 19, 2015 5:07 PM CST
Very! I don't see how it's not a Coleus, though I was firmly in the "it doesn't bloom" camp when I first got involved in "the discussion" about it. I'd had it for years, 10-30 individuals decorating the yard each summer, w/o seeing any.

Is that what you were looking for, Ron?
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