Perilla Magilla is a coleus, not a perilla -- don't eat it!

7 months ago
last modified: 7 months ago

A friend gave me some true green perilla (shiso) today, and when I was researching how to use it, I ran up on the beautiful "Perilla Magilla" plant. I found this 2004 article, which is very informative, and clears it up completely. It seems Ball Seed examined true perilla and "Perilla Magilla" on a molecular level, and yes, it IS a coleus, not a true perilla, and is not edible.

If you read all the way to the end, it says that after an intensive study, coleus is now classified as Coleus again, not Solenostenum or Plectranthus. I never stopped calling it coleus, so I'm good.

Garden.org Perilla-Magilla-vs-Perilla-vs-Coleus/

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