Jacobaea maritima, known as silver ragwort, is a perennial plant species in the genus Jacobaea in the family Asteraceae, native to the Mediterranean region. It was formerly placed in the genus Senecio, and is referred to as Senecio cineraria.
What is the dusty miller plant? The botanical name Senecio cineraria, the plant originates from the arid regions of the Mediterranean. It is also known as silver ragwort or jacobaea maritima. The scientific name is often either misspelled as “cenecio cineraria” or mistaken for centaurea cineraria. This mound forming plant grows to 12″ inches tall and is an ideal choice for flower bed edging or companion planting. The silvery grayish green color to nearly white foliage carries a soft felt-like texture. The shallow deeply notched cut leaves appear as fern fronds. Although best known for its striking foliage, dusty miller produces loose clusters of one to one and a half inch mustard yellow flowers.