Pronounciation: Se-NEC-i-o ci-ne-RAR-ee-a
Sunset All (needs protection in zones 1-3)
Landscape Use: Annual or perennial border plant, textural and color accent; best used in combination with other colorful annuals and/or perennials.
Form & Character: Evergreen perennial subshrub, formal.
Growth Habit: Densely mounding 1 to 2 feet tall (when not in bloom).
Foliage/texture: Leaves white, densely tomentose, pinnately cut into oblong very blunt segments, not pinntified like S. vira vira; medium coarse texture.
Flowers & fruits: White to small, yellow ray flowers on long stalks during warm season.
Seasonal color: None
Light: Full to partial sun
Soil: Must be well drained.
Watering: Regular and frequent irrigations are often needed in Phoenix.
Pruning: Remove flowers stalks, flower stalks of Senecio vira vira are taller of the two species and needs to be pinched terminally upon emergence to maintain dense growth habit.
Propagation: Seed or softwood cuttings.
Disease and pests: Root rot is likely if grown in wet poorly drained locations. Snails and slugs infest dusty miller plants in California.
Additional comments: Fire retardant; tough foliar accent plant for flower beds and gardens.