Well, yes it isn’t bought for its flower, at least it’s nothing to write home about, but it is a “white” that never looks shabby; unlike other white flowering annuals or perennials, which look good for about a day or two and then the petals start turning brown. The Dusty Miller always has a bunch of healthy white foliage to show.
Most often people buy white to accent other plants in the landscaping; the trouble with white flowers it’s such a brief window of contrast before they turn a lunch bag tan. And does the shriveled up mess at the end of the stem fall off in a timely fashion? No they seem to hang on longer than most. Even though the other flowers may be opening in all their glory, their beauty is tainted by the deceased next to them.
You could go out and pick off the spent flower carcasses… yea, like you’ve got time to do that every day. Or you could just plant Dusty Miller; and maybe just once…...
This sun lover doesn’t mind dry feet, and it grows between 12 and 18 inches in height and width, depending on the variety. It does just as well in good soil or bad, and for those of you who live in the woods the deer will not be jumping your fence for it like they do for your hosta.
You may remember I said earlier that you might only need to plant it once. This plant is a hardy little bugger; the winter has to be very severe to keep it from coming up the following spring. Most people don’t know this because they usually yank them out with the rest of the frost nipped annuals in the fall. Leave them in, and you’ll see how hardy they really are.