Perilla 'Magilla'

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 10a -1.1 °C (30 °F) to +1.7 °C (35 °F)
Plant Height: 3 feet
Plant Spread: 18-24 inches
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: described as a 'coleus look alike'
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Blue
Other: hidden
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Uses: Groundcover
Suitable as Annual
Propagation: Seeds: Other info: this variety sterile
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Leaf
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots


"Perilla Magilla" vs. Perilla vs. Coleus"Perilla Magilla" vs. Perilla vs. Coleus
By rattlebox on October 16, 2014

"Perilla Magilla" is not the edible Perilla you might expect.

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Posted by kidfishing (Jones, OK - Zone 7a) on Nov 19, 2015 9:47 AM

I put a couple of cuttings in water for about a week. All of them rooted and are now growing.

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Posted by gardengus (Indiana Zone 5b) on Sep 20, 2011 3:25 PM

While this plant looks like a coleus, cuttings will not root nearly as well in water.

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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Dec 3, 2011 3:39 PM

Introduced to public in 2002.

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Posted by Danita (GA - Zone 7b) on Oct 10, 2014 9:43 PM

Perilla 'Magilla' is related to Coleus and looks similar. I've read that it was discovered in a collection in Japan and is thought to be a hybrid because it rarely blooms and doesn't seem to set viable seed. I have some planted in full sun and in shade, and they have performed wonderfully in both locations. The coloration of the leaves varies greatly depending on the amount of sun exposure. In the full sun, they are plum-purple with magenta splashes. In the shade, the colors lighten and include green, pink, cream, and plum colors. Both versions are lovely. The shade color-scheme has looked especially nice with my 'Compact Blush Sunpatiens'. This plant is getting harder to find, so take cuttings if you want to keep it. Several cuttings rooted easily for me outside in a gallon-sized pot of soilless potting mix. I then divided them into three separate plants and they grew quickly.

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 27, 2014 4:33 AM

Take cuttings in fall. This roots easily, just like a coleus. You'll want to overwinter the cuttings because this plant is hard to find in garden centers. If gnats are a problem indoors, water with a weak hydrogen peroxide and water solution. The plant and soil can also be sprayed with this solution. No gnats all winter long!

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