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Growing Dusty Miller

Growing Dusty Miller

Silver Dust



Dusty Miller is grown for its attractive, silver leaves that set off the colors of other plants. It is often used as a border or edging and planted in mixed containers.

How To Grow

Sow outdoors after the last spring frost. Do not cover seed, as light is required for germination. Can start seed indoors 10 to16 weeks before the last frost.


For full sun to partly-shaded locations. Tolerates full shade, especially in warm climates. For well-drained soil, plants dislike soggy soil. Responds well to pruning if plants grow too tall and to remove flowers, which detract from the foliage display. 

Fertilizer Recommendations

A low to moderate feeder, plants benefit from occasional fertilization. Use low rates of ALGOplus All Purpose 6-6-6 liquid fertilizer, Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1, or Osmocote slow-release 14-14-14.

Common Problems

Easy-to-grow and usually free from pests and problems. Plants may suffer from root or stem rots if grown in poorly drained soils.

Alternative Products

Other annuals with attractive leaves include coleus and ornamental grasses.

Product Recommendations

Dusty miller combines well in with flowering annuals like geranium, salvia, and zinnia.

Dusty Miller Facts

Although usually grown as an annual, it is actually a tender perennial in mild winter climates (hardiness zone 7 or warmer). 



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