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Growing Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria)

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Native to southern Europe, Dusty Miller is grown primarily for its deer resistant silvery foliage that can be lovely in the moonlight. This guide is about growing Dusty Miller (Senecio cineraria).


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May 12, 2006

Botanical Name:

Senecio cineraria

Life Cycle:

annual, tender perennial

Planting Time:

spring or summer


8" to 15" as annuals; 2' to 2.5' as perennials


full sun


average, well drained soil; tolerant of poor soil conditions


zones 8-10

Bloom Time:





silver-gray, hairy leaves


seeds or cuttings

Suggested Use:

beds, edgings, borders or cut flowers

Growing Hints:

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.

Interesting Facts:

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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May 26, 2011

I have about 6 dusty millers planted in my front flower bed, mixed with other plants, ranging from 3-6 inches apart. Recently we have been under flood warnings left and right. This morning I walked out, when it wasn't raining, and saw that all my dusty millers were down to the stems. Do you think that rabbits are eating them? How do I fix the problem?


By Amanda C.


May 27, 20110 found this helpful

I don't know what it could be eating your plants. I do know that I am thoroughly fed up with both squirrels and rabbits eating my flowers, and the squirrels digging the dirt out so they can eat the roots. Unfortunately where I live it is illegal to shoot pellet guns in town.

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June 9, 20110 found this helpful

Buy a product called liquid fence and spray this on your plants. It will keep rabbits and deer from eating your plants. Follow the directions on the container. It is available from most garden centers, Ace hardware and other stores.

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June 12, 20110 found this helpful

Sounds like snails to me.

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October 10, 2009

How can you winterize Dusty Millers? Would they be able to survive if kept on an unheated enclosed porch that does get some sun?

Hardiness Zone: 6a


By Susan from Belleville, IL


October 11, 20090 found this helpful

Hmm. I've never overwintered Dusty Miller because they usually come back in my area. But that suggests to me that maybe they'll benefit from overwintering procedures for geraniums or fuchsias? Pot up, cut back to about 2/3. Keep outside until just before frost. Start reducing water. Just before frost, give them a thorough foliage wash to get rid of most bugs and bring inside. Good luck.

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