This tender shrub is usually grown as a half-hardy annual foliage plant.
The young leaves of 'Silver Dust' are slightly lobed, a bit like oak leaves, but as the plants mature, they become deeply cut, much paler in colour and are covered in a silvery grey fleece.
To encourage new basal growth, flowering should be prevented by regularly removing lengthening stems.
They are easily raised from seed but, as borderline perennials, they often survive the winter in mild gardens.
Excellent drought and heat tolerance are two of the more desirable features of this sustainable bedding plant. It grows best in sites with full sun and well-drained average soil.
Information source: www.learn2Grow.com.
Genus - Senecio
Species - Cineraria
Variety - Silver Dust
Common name - Cineraria
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 2 - 10
Height - 0.30 m
Spread - 0.30 m
Plant type - Half-hardy annual flower
Exposure - Full Sun
Growth rate - Fast
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil type - Clay, Loam, Sand, Well Drained
Water requirements - Average Water Needs; Drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Bedding Plant, Container, Edging, Foundation, Hanging Basket, Mixed Border
Leaf / Flower color - Gray Green, Silver / --
1. Sow from January to May in trays of moist compost. In winter, ensure more daylight.
2. Sow thinly and cover with a fine layer of compost. Cover with glass, polythene or propagator lid.
3. Keep at +15-+20C. Seedlings appear in 14-28 days.
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