Centaurea cineraria 'Colchester White'
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Centaurea cineraria 'Colchester White'

Centaurea cineraria 'Colchester White'

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Common Name: Dusty Miller
Hardiness Zone: Annual Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jul-Aug
Mature Height: 30" Spacing: 15-18"
Read our Growing Guide Ships as: 1 PINT 28.86 CU IN.
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We've discovered a choice, vegetatively propagated Centaurea cineraria called 'Colchester White' that makes a superb accent plant in a border or container and sets off every color in the rainbow. Also known as Dusty Miller, it grows much larger than seed-grown varieties, attaining a height of 30″ or more by late summer, and its filigreed foliage forms a dome-shaped fountain that gleams by day and continues to shine as the sun dips below the horizon. Despite its English-sounding name, 'Colchester White' thrives in heat and drought and also smiles through humid southern summers. Perennial in Zones 8–10.

For more information on growing Centaurea, click Growing Guide.




The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Average Customer Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (2 Reviews) Write a Review

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Every garden needs gray and silver.

An update, we order this every year for a notable garden originally designed by Penelope Hobhouse. Always does well and found a great pairing is white Salvia farinacea Snow White. As it starts out you might confuse it with common Dusty Miller..but once it gets to size its much larger and creates restful reflective light swaths in the garden about 1.5 - 2 feet high.

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Graceful Grey

This plant is an excellent easy fast grower for creating nice feathery gray/white tonal areas in the garden. Pairs nicely with all colors and bold flower shapes. Because of the height/size available here it will be better deeper in the bed than any dusty miller you might consider as a substitute. Haven't ordered from here yet but will be soon ..happy to find this source.

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Growing guide

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Latin Name Pronunciation: sen-taw-ree'uh  

Grow Centaurea in full sun or partial shade and moisture-retentive but well-drained soil. Cut flower stems to the ground after first wave of blossoms to encourage rebloom (which isn't dependable in the South) and to curb tendency to self-sow.

For information on planting and care of annuals, click here.

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