Silver Dust, Dust Miller
The Silver Dust plant (Senecio cineraria) is an interesting landscape addition, grown for its silvery-grey foliage. Lacy leaves of the dusty miller plant are attractive companions for many blooms in the garden. Dusty miller’s care is minimal when the plant is established.
The foliage is silvery-grey to nearly white and has a soft, felt-like texture. The leaves may be shallowly cut like an oak leaf to deeply incised like the fronds of a fern. Dusty Miller is best known for its striking foliage, but it also produces loose clusters of 1-1½”, mustard yellow flowers.
Silverdust is part of the Senecio genus and is a Dusty Miller variety. Its scientific name is Senecio cineraria ‘Silverdust’. This variety typically blooms in the following colours: Golden yellow. The leaves of this particular variety normally show a Taupe grey colour. Silverdust grows as a Perennial and is Ornamental. Being a Perennial, it tends to grow best over several years (approx 3 years and greater).
Typically, Silverdust Dusty Miller is normally fairly low maintenance and can thus be quite easy to grow – only a basic level of care is required throughout the year to ensure it thrives. Being aware of the basic growing conditions this plant likes (soil, sun, and water) will result in a strong and vibrant plant.
It is only necessary to cut Dusty Miller plants back if they become leggy during the growing season. Cut them back by up to half and they will quickly fill back out.
In areas where it is perennial, cut it back to the ground in early spring when the new growth just begins to emerge. Dusty Miller plants are easy to grow from softwood cuttings taken in the summer or from seed.
Easy to grow in any well-drained soil in a sunny position. Versatile foliage plant with great drought tolerance and wind tolerance
Thrives in bright but they will tolerate light shade.
Water alternate or in 2-3 days, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings. Increase the frequency with increased light.
Plant Care Tips
- Dusty miller is often planted in flowering beds and is especially striking in containers where the lacy foliage is viewed up close. Dusty miller comes in several varieties, all of which have silvery foliage, but the shape of the leaves is slightly different. The mature height of the plant ranges from 8 to 18 inches. Dusty miller is often grown as an annual.
Silver Dust Uses
- Dusty miller may be used as a background plant for low-growing, creeping annual plants, such as wave petunias.
- It may be attractively placed among ornamental grasses.
- Growing dusty miller may effectively be used in borders or as part of an outdoor container planting.