Perilla is a colorful annual flower that resembles coleus but is more sun and heat tolerant. A newly introduced perilla not only has improved leaf color and texture, it also has a special story behind it.
'Gage's Shadow' perilla grows 3 to 4 feet tall and has black-purple leaves with striking green veins. This perilla is named after Gage Baker, the 13-year-old son of the plant breeder. Gage has cerebral palsy. As a way to support kids with this disease, for every "Gage's Shadow" perilla sold next year, plant marketer Proven Winners will make a donation to the United Cerebral Palsy Fund to promote research and services for kids.
Look for "Gage's Shadow" in garden centers in spring. For more information about this perilla and cerebral palsy donations, go to: Proven Winners.
Article published on December 19, 2006.