Scientific: Senecio cineraria (often confused with S. vira vira)
Common: dusty miller
Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Mediterranean

Pronounciation: Se-NEC-i-o ci-ne-RAR-ee-a

Hardiness zones:
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

Temperature: Tolerant

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.