Definition of dusty miller in English:

dusty miller


  • A plant of the daisy family with whitish or greyish foliage.

    Several species in the family "Compositae", in particular the cultivated "Artemisia stellerana" of North America and "Senecio cineraria" of the Mediterranean

    • ‘The foliage of dusty miller, ivy, and lamb's ears also dries nicely and contrasts well with the blooms.’
    • ‘Heliotrope is never invasive, so it can be grown in patio containers where vinca, dusty miller, or marigolds make attractive companions for its delicate flowers.’
    • ‘Don't forget to factor white and blue into your planting scheme; both do a great job of cooling off and separating drifts of hot-colored plants, as do gray-foliaged plants such as santolina, artemisia, and dusty miller.’
    • ‘Artemesia, plectranthus, snake plant and dusty miller are often used in summer for the color and texture of their foliage.’
    • ‘Good foliage plants for fillers are low-growing artemisias, dusty miller, and golden, purple, or tricolor sage.’


Early 19th century: named from the fine powder on the flowers and leaves.