Dusty Miller Silver Dust

Dusty Miller                         

Silver Dust:

Silver Dust is an interesting and beautiful variety of Dusty Miller that produces silver-gray, deeply lobed, fuzzy foliage.  Grown primarily for foliage, trim flower stems to promote new basal growth.  It is an excellent plant for edging, containers or massed as groundcover.  Silver Dust’s attractive tomentose lobed leaves remain silver in color throughout the season on a plant with an upright spreading habit of growth. It features dainty clusters of yellow daisy flowers with gold eyes held atop the stems in mid summer that attract pollinators.

Height:  10″/Spread: 10”                  

Foliage Accent

Full to Part Sun

Size Available:  1204                    

 

Description

Dusty Miller:

Dusty miller is the common name of several plants with grey or silver leaves. The one commonly used as an annual bedding plant is actually a perennial shrub native to the Mediterranean. It is typically grown for its ornamental foliage.  The leaves of this herbaceous species are covered with fine matted hairs, giving them a felted or woolly, silver or white appearance. When wet the underlying green leaf becomes more visible, and the white color is not as intense when grown in the shade. Coloration can also vary with the cultivar. The 2-6″ long leaves are arranged alternately or spirally along the stiff, hairy stems. The simple leaves are lance shaped and variously indented or cut with numerous lobes, many times appearing pinnately compound. Cultivars vary tremendously in the amount of dissection from just slightly sinute to an almost lace-like appearance, offering a wide range of medium to fine textures. Being of Mediterranean origin, dusty miller is heat and drought tolerant and does best in full sun. It will it become leggy when grown in shade. Although it performs best in moist, well-drained, moderately rich soils, it is tolerant of poor soils.