Plants

Dusty Miller

Senecio cineraria

In the Mediterranean region, Dusty Millergrows as a perennial subshrub. Because of its sensitivity to frost, we cultivate it as an annual plant. Dusty Miller is one of the most popular ornamental foliage plants. With its beautiful foliage, it softens color contrasts and gives structure to vibrant flower beds.

Growth type
  • half shrub
  • one year old
Growth height (from)
from 15 cm to 40 cm
Growth width (from)
from 10 cm to 30 cm
Growth characteristics
  • upright
  • bushy
Flower shape
  • Flowercups
  • terminal
  • tubular
  • Sham cones
Flower characteristics
  • unimpressive
Leaf color
  • silver grey
page format
  • ovate
  • pinnate
Light
  • sunny to scattered light
Soil type
  • stony to sandy
Soil Moisture
  • moderately dry
Nutrient requirements
  • low in nutrients
Decorative or utility value
  • Flower Decoration
  • Leaf ornaments
Winter Hardness
  • frost-sensitive
Use
  • Flowerbeds
  • Borders
  • Grave planting
  • Planters
Garden style
  • cottage garden
  • Flower garden
  • patio
  • Park area
  • Pot garden

Introduction

In the Mediterranean region, Dusty Miller grows as a perennial subshrub. Because of its sensitivity to frost, we cultivate it as an annual plant. It is one of the most popular ornamental foliage plants. With its beautiful foliage, it softens color contrasts and gives structure to vibrant flower beds.

Location

Sunny and warm

Flowering period

Flowers/leaves: Leaves in white and green tones, with different pubescence depending on the variety; the inconspicuous flowers do not appear until the second year. Height: 5.90 to 15.74 inches. Where to plant: The Dusty Miller looks particularly beautiful between red and blue blooming summer flowers. It is suitable for borders, as a border for flower beds and as an addition to flower bowls.

Varieties

In stores, varieties with different leaf shapes and colors are available, e.g. in silver-white, green-white and woolly-white pubescence.

Soil

Soil rich in nutrients, but not too much nitrogen

Sowing

Preculture in potting soil from mid-February to mid-March. Put in the garden in mid-May. The young plants should not receive too much nitrogen, otherwise they will develop green leaves.

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