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Centaurea cineraria

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
sen-TAR-ee-ah sin-ah-RAY-ree-ah
Description

Dusty Miller is a herbaceous sub-shrub in the aster family native to Italy. It is hardy in zones 8-10 and can be grown as an annual or perennial. It is grown for the densely downy gray-green foliage rather than the yellow thistle-like flowers that are usually trimmed to promote foliage growth. 

Prefers average well-drained soils in full sun but will tolerate partial shade. Drought tolerant when established. Use as an edger, for accent, or on slopes.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Silver Dust'
  • 'Silver Lace'
Tags:
#sun#partial shade#annual#drought tolerant#foliage#silver foliage#fall interest#summer flowers#spring interest#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Silver Dust'
  • 'Silver Lace'
Tags:
#sun#partial shade#annual#drought tolerant#foliage#silver foliage#fall interest#summer flowers#spring interest#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Centaurea
    Species:
    cineraria
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Italy
    Dimensions:
    Height: 0 ft. 6 in. - 2 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 1 ft. 2 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Growth Rate:
    Rapid
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Flower Description:
    Thistle-like flowers-heads, often with enlarged outer florets. Usually trimmed to promote foliage growth.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Description:
    Silvery, gray-green foliage, woolly on both sides
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Slope/Bank
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Drought