Perilla 'Magilla Vanilla'


Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Perilla (per-IL-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Magilla Vanilla



Tropicals and Tender Perennials

Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Light Shade


Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

Light Blue

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall


Grown for foliage


Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From seed; sow indoors before last frost

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Plantersville, Alabama

Bartow, Florida

Dunedin, Florida

Niceville, Florida

Zephyrhills, Florida

Milton, Massachusetts

Kingston, Oklahoma

Kilgore, Texas

Christiansted, Virgin Islands

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 1, 2014, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

I used to be partial to the purple-leaf strain, but after growing it once in pots I found it turned into a persistent annual weed. After more than a decade, I'm still weeding it out of the beds. It's very aggressive and outcompetes many perennials.

A pretty plant, but there are far too many other pretty plants that are less work. I'll never plant this again deliberately in any garden.

Coleus makes an excellent substitute, unless you want to eat it.

This species is highly toxic to many animals, including horses, cattle, goats, rats, mice, and hamsters. It is responsible for fatal livestock poisonings when it invades pasturage.

This plant's invasive behavior has alarmed many organizations concerned with preserving natural areas, inc... read more


On Feb 2, 2009, Wrightgardens from Plantersville, AL (Zone 8a) wrote:

The breeder has dropped the plant from production as of May 2008. Future is unknown?


On Jan 16, 2007, Allison_FL from Dunedin, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

Reading up on this plant I will have to say it is more Tropicals/Tender Perennials
At least in the warmer zones . Zones 8 and up can take cuttings or bring plant into GH or homes for winter.
Also I feel it grows well in Full Sun / Sun Partial Shade.
It is also in the same family as the Coleus family and grows and roots just like Coleus.
I am Blessed to have mine given to me by Steve. Thanks Steve ! It also had a slight sweet scent to it .
We have the same Coleuos plants growing now threw five years in the ground hope this does as well. !


On Jan 14, 2007, skaz421 from Wesley Chapel, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I've been growing Vanillas for a couple of years. They seem to do better in sunshine. They are extremely easy to propagate - put a broken branch in soil, and before long you have a new plant. Keep them short, until they fill out; otherwise, they develop brown spots on the creamy parts of the leaves.


On Aug 27, 2006, carrielamont from Milton, MA (Zone 6a) wrote:

This is my first year growing foliage plants! I love Vanilla although I see now that there are other Perillas also. It sits in semi-shade in a pot with sweet potato vines getting watered several times a week and it just keeps growing. We're both happy (the Perilla and I).