Plant of the Month: Dusty Miller
The dusty miller plant is an interesting landscape addition, grown for its silvery gray foliage and standing up to both the cold evenings and hot days of North Florida's winter. Lacy leaves of the dusty miller plant are attractive companions for many blooms in the winter landscape. Dusty miller care is minimal once the plant is established in your Gainesville landscape.
The soil must be well-draining to avoid root rot. Water regularly right after planting and withhold water once roots have developed and the plant is growing.
Being of Mediterranean origin, dusty miller is fairly drought tolerant and does best in some sun but is best planted where afternoon shade is available.Typically used in our beds as winter annuals, they look great from October through February in our North Central Florida lawns. Although it performs best in moist, well-drained, moderately rich soils, it is tolerant of poor soils.
Dusty Miller will grow to be about 12 inches tall, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart.
Although the dusty miller flower blooms in some climates, the small yellow blooms are small and not considered showy - and typically are not seen on our winter seasonal plantings. The foliage of the dusty miller plant, however, is long lasting and as with most silvery, furry plants, growing dusty miller helps the garden remain attractive through the winter. It tolerates frost and heat, making it perfect for Florida winters.
Dusty miller care may need a trim if the plant becomes leggy. This plant can grow as tall as 1 foot but often remains shorter. It goes great with snapdragons, pansies, violas, and petunias.
If you’re looking to add this Gainesville Landscape Plant into your yard, please fill out the form above or contact us at (352) 378-5296.