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Filigran Russian Sage

Perovskia 'Filigran'

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Filigran Russian Sage (Perovskia 'Filigran') at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Filigran Russian Sage flowers

Filigran Russian Sage flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Filigran Russian Sage (Perovskia 'Filigran') at Landsburg Landscape Nursery

Filigran Russian Sage in bloom

Filigran Russian Sage in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Plant Height:  3 feet

Flower Height:  5 feet

Spacing:  30 inches

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

Finely cut silver foliage distinguishes this variety; sturdy upright stems bearing spires of steel blue flowers with a hint of lavender; tolerates humidity and dryness and needs to be well drained to winter well

Ornamental Features

Filigran Russian Sage features delicate spikes of steel blue flowers with violet overtones rising above the foliage from mid summer to mid fall. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its attractive tiny fragrant narrow leaves remain silver in color throughout the season. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

Filigran Russian Sage is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and is best cut back to the ground in late winter before active growth resumes. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Filigran Russian Sage is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Filigran Russian Sage will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 5 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 3 feet. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 30 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

This plant should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for alkaline soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Filigran Russian Sage is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. With its upright habit of growth, it is best suited for use as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Massing  Edging  Garden  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features