Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria, syn. Jacobaea maritima) is an attractive bushy flowering plant with silvery gray, soft fuzzy lobed leaves. As a minimal care bedding plant, dusty miller plants are drought tolerant and withstand direct sunlight, drought, and frost. The only care the plant needs is to trim leggy dusty miller stems in the summer.
Also called silver ragwort, dusty miller is an ideal herbaceous plant to add contrasting colors to a summer garden. The silvery lobed leaves stand out against darker foliage plants and colorful flowering shrubs. Growing around 2 ft. (0.6 m) tall, dusty miller is also perfect as a ground cover plant for full sun in warmer climates. Perennial in warmer climates and native to the Mediterranean, it is planted as an annual in Pensylvania.