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Perilla magilla /Beefsteak Plant

Perilla magilla  / Perilla magilla
Colorful foliage during the warm summer months
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Colorful foliage during the warm summer months

A patch of plants showing the great diversity in foliage color

Variegated foliage

Striking foliage

Typical diversity in the colors that this plant displays

This variety is stronger in shades of green

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Scientific Name: Perilla magilla
Common Name: Beefsteak Plant
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 1-2 feet
Bloom time: Summer, Fall
Flower color: Various
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: Have the look and colors found in coleus, but is a stronger grower and can live over winter in years when there are no hard freezes in an area. Are perennials, but treated as annuals in most of the USA. They have a mounding form and love the heat and lots of sunlight. They are at home in a border or treated as a bedding plant.