Dusty Miller – Centaurea cineraria

Dusty Miller
Dusty Miller

This border plant is a wonderful addition to a moon garden; it captures and reflects the slightest amount of light! It is treated as an annual in many areas but will grow as a perennial in Zones 9-10. In its second year the plant puts out flat topped flower clusters in summer. It is usually grown for its accent of gray, silver leaves, rarely for the flowers.

The juice of the entire plant has been used to treat cataracts. The government of India has stated that “Cineraria is the drug of choice to halt or reverse cataract.” Cineraria is the homeopathic remedy referenced in the Physicians’ Desk Reference for the treatment of cataracts.

The plant contains poisonous Pyrrolizidine alkaloids, so should never be consumed! If consumed the poisoning symptoms that are possible are hepato-toxicity and carcinogenicity

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