Growing Dusty Miller Plants For The Landscape
The dusty miller plants are interesting landscape additions, grown for its silvery gray foliage. The dusty miller is a shrub whose scientific name is Senecio cineraria. It is also known as “white ragwort.” Depending on where it is grown, it can be a perennial evergreen shrub. It is often used as a decorative shrub in hot, dry climates because it is hardy and seldom eaten by deer. When fully grown, dusty miller plants are small shrubs which can be 2 feet (0.6 m) tall and 18 to 24 inches (45 to 60 cm) wide. It does not have branches. Instead, it has stiff-stemmed leaves which can grow to be up to 2 to 6 inches (5 to 15 cm) wide. The dusty miller gets its name from the white, wooly hairs which cover its leaves. These give the leaves a silvery or white, dusty appearance, as if they’ve been covered in flour. The hairs can be easily rubbed off, revealing the gray green beneath.
The plant is native to the Mediterranean, and it grows well in very hot and dry climates. Many gardening guides say that these plants grows well in full sun or partial shade. Since it is a native to the desert, it can flourish just as well planted in normal or sandy soil as it does in rich soil.