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Centaurea gymnocarpa

Centaurea gymnocarpa
purple bush dusty miller

Common name purple bush dusty miller
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z8)
Flowers purple (spring-summer)
Size 3-4'
Light sun
Cultural notes drought-tolerant

We purchased this silver-gray-leaved plant just as "dusty miller" from the annuals table at a local nursery, so I thought we had something in the senecio/jacobaea clan – but I was proven wrong when the overwintered plant started blooming in May, with purple thistle flowers. A little more research tells me it's most likely this centaurea, which suits me just fine. It makes a great statement in the garden adjacent to our waterfall pond – so much better than those bedding-type dusty millers!

Centaurea gymnocarpa

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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