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Despite its close resemblance to the tender perennial Senecio cineraria (better known as dusty miller), this herbaceous perennial from the coasts of Northeast Asia is rock hardy. It is also highly adaptable, having naturalized in both Northern Europe and the Northeast United States. It creeps and sprawls to form carpets of lobed leaves that are densely covered with silver-white fuzz. The leaves are concentrated toward the tips of the stems. Clusters of dull yellow nondescript flowers appear in late spring and early summer, and are best removed for ornamental purposes. Plants lack the pungent fragrance of most artemisias. Compact selections such as 'Boughton Silver' ('Silver Brocade') are available.
This hardy, sun-loving perennial thrives in well-drained soil and tolerates salt spray and alkalinity, making it ideal for gardens in cold coastal or mountainous regions. It dislikes wet winters and hot humid summers. Contrasting dramatically with darker-leaved plants, its ghostly foliage is lovely spilling over rocks or walls. It provides a splendid foil for flowering perennials, making their colors appear more intense.
7 - 1
3 - 7
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
6"-24" / 15.2cm - 61.0cm
18"-36" / 45.7cm - 91.4cm
Late Spring, Early Summer, Summer
Eastern Asia, Japan
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Gray Green, Silver
Container, Edging, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
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