Dusty miller
senecio cineraria

One of my favorite annuals to grow in NC. I plant mine in early spring and they grow all growing season into the fall. The plant will put out yellow flowers and when you begin to see this happen,cut back the plant and remove the flowers.

This will promote the plant becoming fuller and putting energy into the leaves and not for flowers. In our climate you can also over winte this plant and it may return in the spring if protected from harsh winter weather.

Known for its foliage it is beautiful as a border or placed inbetween other low growing flowers. Dusty Miller have no pant pests. Root rot is the only problem if they get to wet at the root area. To keep plants compact pinch back and remove any flowers that appear. Prune back any remaining foliage in late winter to encourage spring growth. Sometimes when over wintered the plant becomes woody looking.

Dusty Miller is a herbaceous perennial and may return in USDA plant hardiness zones 8 to 10. Growing dusty miller can handle the heat, but is best planted where afternoon shade is available during the hottest months of summer.

Put your plants out two weeks after last frost. Water to encourage growth in the beginning and then back off watering until they become dry.

This is also a wonderful plant for containers and will complimant other colorful flowers.

Season of Bloom
Spring to fall
12 to 18 inches x 24 inches
Flower Color
well drained, prone to root root.
Full Sun.


Reference Information
Annual Information is taken from Toby Bosts book "Carolinas" Getting Started Guide.
Toby Bosts Garden Guide