The Violet Filli Crape Myrtle, otherwise known as the Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 or Spotted Dead Nettle ‘Beacon Silver’, Spotted Deadnettle ‘Beacon Silver’, Devil’s Clover ‘Beacon Silver’, Devil’s Nettle ‘Beacon Silver’, Lamium maculatum ‘Silbergroschen’, is a rather well known perennial plant by gardening enthusiasts around the world.
Best known for its low maintenance and moderate growth, this perennial will likely liven up your house (or garden) with its green colored leaves. But, only if you learn how to take proper care of it for it to thrive.
This is why all the topics you need to know in order to achieve this will be covered in this Violet Filli Crape Myrtle Care Guide. Ready? Let’s go!
The fundamental caring guidelines for every Violet Filli Crape Myrtle can be summed up into the following:
- Water: The Violet Filli Crape Myrtle wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.
- Light: Keep your Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 in an environment where it can receive full sun on a daily basis.
- Soil: Make sure to keep the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining properties, so ideally, one that is made of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
And that’s practically it! If you keep these three factors in check, your Violet Filli Crape Myrtle will likely have all it needs for it to survive and even thrive.
Scientific / Botanical Aspects
In botanical terms, the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle belongs to the Lamiaceae family, the genus Lamium and the species Maculatum, hence its scientific (or botanical) name Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 (la-ger-STREEM-ee-a IN-dih-kuh).
As with other Lamium’s, the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle is a deciduous plant, which means it will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
Knowing your plant’s native region is very useful, as it can give you tips on which environment is best for your Violet Filli Crape Myrtle. If you keep it in mind, you can try to replicate these conditions at home, and you’ll likely end with a healthier plant.
With this in mind, the Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 will be most used to the heat zones in the 1 – 8 region, as the plant hardiness level falls between 3a, 3b, 4b, 4a, 5b, 5a, 6b, 6a, 7a, 7b, 8b, 8a and the ideal climate zone is between 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, A2, A3.
Growth and Size
In terms of size and growth, the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle is a relatively moderate grower, which makes things somewhat easy for any plant enthusiast.
But, what size of Violet Filli Crape Myrtle are we talking about? What can you expect in terms of height, spread and spacing? Let’s dig in…
The Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 can grow up to 6″ – 8″ (15cm – 20cm) in 6″ – 8″ (15cm – 20cm) and 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm) in 1′ – 2′ (30cm – 60cm).
These dimensions make the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle a relatively small perennial compared to others, so it’s best to keep this fact in mind since it will affect where you want to keep yours at home.
Also, expect it to grow in a wonderful compact shape, which is something worthwhile to remember when making your garden landscape plans.
This is why experts recommend keeping an area of approximately 6″ – 10″ (15cm – 25cm) free so the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle can spread to its best extent.
In terms of watering, the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle is a fairly complicated plant to take care of.
This is mostly because it has a not so straightforward watering schedule and somewhat regular watering needs.
Specifically, most experts agree that the Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 wants regular watering to enhance fruit production but as a landscape plant, too much water will be a problem.
Which is why it is considered a plant with relatively average needs in terms of water.
As a rule of thumb, you should remember to keep your Violet Filli Crape Myrtle in soil with moist but well-draining to well draining characteristics, as these will guarantee the right conditions for your plant to grow and thrive.
When you consider this, this is why you should aim to choose soil that has good drainage properties to keep the right moisture levels at all times.
But, if you want a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution to watering your Violet Filli Crape Myrtle then you should consider the famous ‘finger’ test. To perform this test, you just need to put your finger in your plant’s soil and determine if it’s moist or not. If it is, then don’t water; if it isn’t, then please do. In any case, this test will allow you to know if your Violet Filli Crape Myrtle needs or does not need water, every time.
As mentioned earlier, the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle prefers to have soil with good drainage properties at all times, reason why you need to make the soil mix out of clay, loam, chalk, and sand.
In addition to this, expert gardeners recommend having preferably alkaline, acid or neutral soil.
Light and Exposure
In terms of light & exposure, the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle requires full sun in order for it to thrive under the right conditions.
Most experts agree that this perennial will do well as long as you keep it in partial sun to shade, and it will be able to grow properly.
Specifically, we recommend that you place your Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 in little to partial shade (only 2-6 hours of direct sunlight a day).
Being a deciduous plant, the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle will shed its leaves annually once autumn comes.
But, you can expect it to have its ‘prime-time’ during the spring (mid, late), the summer (early, mid, late), and during the fall.
You can expect your Violet Filli Crape Myrtle to flower around the spring and in the summer months from April to June (spring), and from July to September (summer).
In particular, this perennial is well known for its repeat flowering, long bloom season and showy flowers around the plant enthusiast community.
The Violet Filli Crape Myrtle produces some beautiful purple, or pink and purple/lavender flowers around this time of year.
The leaves from the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle have a beautiful green color during most of the year.
In particular, they have a opposite organization in its leaves.
You can expect the leaves from your Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 to be around (1-3 inches) in size.
Attracts, Tolerance and Resistance
The Violet Filli Crape Myrtle is well known for its tolerance to drought and animals like rabbit and deer, so don’t worry if any of these come along, your Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 will be fine.
Does your Violet Filli Crape Myrtle have any garden recommendations? Does it serve any gardening purposes? Here’s how you can get the most out of your new plant.
Most Lagerstroemia Indica ‘Violet Filli’ Plant Patent #14,267 owners agree that this perennial will look great in most contemporary and cottage gardens of all types.
Other owners consider that they complement well most gardens of informal and cottage, city and courtyard, coastal garden, and in prairie and meadow styles.
In particular, the Violet Filli Crape Myrtle’s best location within your garden is in edging, patio and containers, beds and borders, ground covers, and in underplanting roses and shrubs, others use it for landscaping in a container, specimen, border, mass planting, or a urban garden.
Violet Filli Crape Myrtle’s do well with some other plants beside it. One good companion plant is the Ceanothus, which will pair up nicely with your leafy friend.
Others consider that a nice Cuphea will work well too, so choose whichever you find works best for you!
So that’s it! These are the main plant care requirements that you need to keep in mind in order to have a healthy Violet Filli Crape Myrtle in your garden or home.