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PERILLA 'Magilla'

Image of Perilla 'Magilla'

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Lamiaceae

Botanical Name

PERILLA 'Magilla'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Perilla, Magilla Perilla, Purple Shiso

General Description

This fast-growing annual has beautiful foliage, much like that of coleus, but is far more sun tolerant.

Magilla perilla is an attractive, easy-to-grow ornamental valued for its exotic looking hot pink, deep burgundy and green variegated foliage. It has a tall, bushy habit and produces inconspicuous spikes of white flowers that should be removed because they detract from the plant's overall appearance.

Grow 'Magilla' in full to partial sun and average garden soil with moisture and good drainage. It is a low maintenance plant, though pinching it back gives in a neater, denser appearance. Add 'Magilla' to mixed borders among other showy, sun-loving annuals and perennials. It also works well in large containers. This plant is remarkably heat and humidity tolerant.

The leaves of perilla are edible and enjoyed in Asian cuisine.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    12 - 2

  • Sunset Zone

    A1, A2, A3, H1, H2, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Annual

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm (24)

  • Width

    18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm (24)

  • Bloom Time

    Indeterminate

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Insignificant

  • Flower Color

    White, Light Blue, Lavender

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Pink, Burgundy, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Pink, Burgundy, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Pink, Burgundy, Plum

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    Yes

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    Yes

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Coarse

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Bedding Plant, Container, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes