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Dusty Miller

Dusty Miller is grown primarily for its attractive silver-gray foliage rather than its yellow flowers. In fact, most gardeners prefer to cut off the flowers to encourage leaf growth. The plant is often grown in formal bedding schemes, but looks equally effective in informal or cottage-style designs.

Dusty miller can be sown directly in the garden or rooted from cuttings of the firm central growth. Plants will grow well in most any soil, but if the soil is poorly drained the roots will rot. Water regularly until the plants are established, then restrict to a good soaking once every week to ten days. Side dressing isn’t usually necessary, but some bone meal or pelleted poultry manure can be applied when plants are 4 to 6 inches high.

Dusty Miller is Deer Resistant!