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Jacobaea maritima (Dusty Miller)

Dusty Miller, Silver Ragwort, Senecio bicolor subsp. cineraria, Senecio cineraria, Senecio maritimus, Cineraria maritima, Othonna maritima, Centaurea cineraria

Jacobaea maritima, Dusty Miller, Silver Ragwort, Senecio bicolor subsp. cineraria, Senecio cineraria, Senecio maritimus, Cineraria maritima, Othonna maritima, Gray Perennial
Heliotropium arborescens,Heliotrope, evergreen perennial, Blue flowers, Fragrant perennial, Fragrant Annual

Grown for its striking foliage, Jacobaea maritima or Senecio cineraria (Dusty Miller), is a bushy perennial or subshrub with silvery, finely textured, dissected leaves, sometimes with a lace-like appearance. Attractive throughout the growing season, the leaves of this foliage plant are covered with fine matted hairs, giving them a felted or woolly, silver or white appearance. After the first year, it will produce clustered heads of small, daisy-like, cream to yellow flowers, which are not particularly ornamental. Some cultivars do not flower, and many gardeners prefer to remove the flowers as they can detract from the foliage. Striking in the night garden, Dusty Miller is a versatile foliage plant that is perfect to soften color contrasts in the garden, and tone down bright, hot colors. Use it as an accent plant in containers, as an edging, in borders, or mixed plantings as a contrast for darker flowers or foliage.

  • Grows up to 6-18 in. tall (15-45 cm) and 6-12 in. wide (15-45 cm).
  • Easily grown in average, evenly moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Part shade is tolerated, but the best foliage color is obtained in a sunny position. Drought and heat-tolerant.
  • Excellent for beds and borders, cottage gardens, coastal gardens, or city gardens. Perfect for containers or as cut flowers.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Watch for rust. Deer resistant
  • Easily propagated from cuttings and can also be grown from seed.
  • A native of the Mediterranean Region

Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Senecio
Common names Dusty Miller
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 2'
(15cm - 60cm)
Spread 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Senecio stapeliiformis (Pickle Plant)
Senecio serpens (Blue Chalksticks)
Senecio rowleyanus (String of Pearls)
Senecio confusus (Mexican Flame Vine)
Senecio vitalis (Narrow-Leaf Chalksticks)
Senecio mandraliscae (Blue Chalksticks)

Recommended Companion Plants

Pelargonium ‘Kimono’ (Regal Pelargonium)
Heliotropium arborescens (Heliotrope)
Antirrhinum majus (Snapdragon)
Pennisetum setaceum (Fountain Grass)

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.
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Requirements

Hardiness 8 - 11
Heat Zones 1 - 11
Climate Zones 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1, H2
Plant Type Perennials, Shrubs
Plant Family Compositae
Genus Senecio
Common names Dusty Miller
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early, Mid, Late)
Fall
Height 6" - 2'
(15cm - 60cm)
Spread 6" - 1'
(15cm - 30cm)
Spacing 12" (30cm)
Maintenance Low
Water Needs Low, Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Drought, Deer
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Edging, Patio And Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Coastal Garden, Informal and Cottage
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