annual, tender perennial
spring or summer
8" to 15" as annuals; 2' to 2.5' as perennials
average, well drained soil; tolerant of poor soil conditions
silver-gray, hairy leaves
seeds or cuttings
beds, edgings, borders or cut flowers
Start with plants, cuttings or sow seeds directly in the garden (after night temperatures warm to 50ºF in cooler zones). After roots become established, water only moderately every 7 to 10 days to avoid root rot. In zones 8-10, Dusty Miller can be grown as a biennial, and can be grown as an annual in zones 3-7.
Native to southern Europe, Dusty Miller is grown primarily for its attractive silver-gray foliage and most gardeners prefer to cut off the flowers to encourage leaf growth. Its deer resistant silvery foliage is also lovely in the moonlight.
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