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Plant Profile: Dusty Miller (Artemesia stelleriana)

AArtemisia-stelleriana 2lso known as beach wormwood, and old woman, dusty miller is an evergreen perennial native to China, Korea, Siberia, and Japan where it grows in sandy soil, including sand dunes and coastal cliffs. It is a member of the aster family, Asteraceae, that also includes daisies, sunflowers, and lettuce. The aromatic, coarsely lobed leaves are three to four inches long and are densely covered in white silky hairs. The yellow flower heads are ¼” wide and appear in late summer in dense narrow panicles but are not considered ornamentally attractive. Plants are salt and drought tolerant so are especially useful in maritime gardens. The foliage can be used in dried arrangements.

Type: Herbaceous perennial

Bloom: Small yellow flower heads ¼” across in dense, slender panicles in late summer

Size: 10-30” H x 24-36” W

Light: Full sun

Soil: Average to lean, moderately moist to dry, well-drained

Hardiness: Zones 3-9

Care: Cut back in mid-summer to maintain attractive appearance

Pests and Diseases: Powdery mildew

Propagation: Seed, division ijn spring or fall, basal cuttings in late spring

Companion Plants: Red valerian, seaside aster, sea holly, obedient plant, Othonna, African daisy, Sedum,

Outstanding Selection: ‘Silver Brocade’ (dense, compact, prostrate)