Dusty Miller
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Dusty Miller
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Dusty Miller
Botanical name: Jacobaea maritima    Family: Asteraceae (Sunflower family)
Synonyms: Othonna maritima, Senecio cineraria, Senecio bicolor

Dusty Miller is a very white-woolly, heat and drought tolerant, evergreen, perennial subshrub that can grow to be 2 feet or less tall and 1.5-2 ft wide. Stiff stems branch from the base, and are covered in long, white, matted hairs. The leaves are lance-shaped, 2-6 inches long, toothed, pinnately cut, stiff, with oblong and obtuse segments, numerous and like the stems, also covered with long, white, matted hairs. Flowers are yellow or white in daisy-like, 4 cm wide compact flower heads resembling a single flower, but really composed of several florets inclosed in a common whorl of sepals or ring of bracts at the base of the flower stalk. Fruits are cylindrical achenes. Dusty Miller is native to S. Europe, N. Africa and W. Asia.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Hazuribagh Garden, Srinagar, Kashmir.
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