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Perilla, Fantasy

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Impressive foliage in sun or light shade.

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Out of a dream and into your garden; a vision of deep, satisfying colors. Thick leaves are extravagantly splashed with both dark and neon tones. This tall (4-5'), rugged annual is drought tolerant. Grows best in full sun but will still perform well in light shade. One customer commented that 'Fantasy' "beats coleus hollow", which we believe is a strong endorsement!
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Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

48-60 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

20-24 inches

Ornamental Use Ways in which the product may be used in the garden for ornamental effect.


Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.


Sow Method This refers to whether the seed should be sown early indoors and the seedlings transplanted outside later, or if the seed should be sown directly in the garden at the recommended planting time.

Indoor Sow

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Full Shade, Full Sun, Part Sun
48-60 inches
20-24 inches
Ornamental Use
Life Cycle
Sow Method
Indoor Sow
Flower color
Green, Purple, Red, White
Perilla, Fantasy is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent! I never had these before and will be buying again every year! Just beautiful, and grew so large and filled up the garden so nicely. Got so many compliments from neighbors.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Review for Perilla, Fantasy My Review for Perilla, Fantasy, purchased as plant
Date published: 2017-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful! I have these little beauties situated where they received sun for more than half a day, and in poor soil. They are colorful and lush. I've had other varieties of perilla to freely self-sow in my zone 6 garden and hope these will too.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous looking in the garden This is a hard to find plant at local garden centers. Burpee seems to be the only place on the internet where you can purchase it. The plants grow very well as long as they are watered regularly. They make a very good appearance in my garden. I have bought them from Burpee the past two years and plan to buy them next year.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Repeat purchases of this beautiful Perilla If properly cared for, this Perilla is a beauty. I have purchased it from Burpee for the last three years and plan on continuing to do so. It makes a colorful accent plant in containers with some sun and attention to water. The color differences will vary depending upon amount of sun received. The best method seems to be planting 3 together in a large pot with good drainage, partial sun, and watch the color explode. I planted some in the ground in shade last year and, although they did well, were not as spectacular. They will root easily if you break one off. Burpee packages carefully and, if you follow the unpacking and care instructions, you will have a beautiful plant.
Date published: 2015-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not what I was expecting My plants arrived fine & have grown well. However, as others have noted, the color is not the same as the picture. Here's a pic of them in a container, with another Coleus in the middle.
Date published: 2014-09-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not impressed Bought 3 plants - 2 were healthy and 1 was almost dead when they arrived. The 2 healthy ones survived. I have them planted in pots in full sun and they don't look anything like the picture. They are a solid dark purple. It has been extremely hot here in Texas so I don't know if that is a factor. I guess they need to be in shade or partial shade to bring out the beautiful colors of the picture. Will try to start some from cuttings and see how they do in shade/partial shade.
Date published: 2013-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent In A Big Pot, Full Sun These colorful plants grow in any light condition, but the more sun they get, the bigger and broader they grow. For example, in full sun mine grew thigh-high. (I'm 6' 2" tall.) In partial sun, knee-high. In mostly shade, about 15 inches, and their circumferances were proportional to their height. I agree with a previous reviewer that these make great front porch potted plants, especially in full sun, growing in a good sized pot. (On hot days, water daily.) Bonus: I had an entire branch snap off one of my Perillas, so I applied rooting hormone to it and planted the branch in a medium sized pot. Kept it damp and very quickly I had a "new" Perilla. Only lost a couple of leaves.
Date published: 2012-07-28
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