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Dusty miller   /dˈəsti mˈɪlər/   Listen
Dusty miller

noun
1.
Shrubby perennial of the Canary Islands having white flowers and leaves and hairy stems covered with dustlike down; sometimes placed in genus Chrysanthemum.  Synonyms: Chrysanthemum ptarmiciflorum, silver-lace, silver lace, Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum.
2.
Stiff much-branched perennial of the Mediterranean region having very white woolly stems and leaves.  Synonyms: Cineraria maritima, Senecio cineraria.
3.
A plant having leaves and stems covered with down that resembles dust.  Synonyms: Centaurea cineraria, Centaurea gymnocarpa.
4.
Herb with greyish leaves found along the east coast of North America; used as an ornamental plant.  Synonyms: Artemisia stelleriana, beach wormwood, old woman.
5.
An old cottage garden plant of southeastern Europe widely cultivated for its attractive white woolly foliage and showy crimson flowers.  Synonyms: gardener's delight, Lychnis coronaria, mullein pink, rose campion.






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"Dusty miller" Quotes from Famous Books



... Dusty Miller sliced off a wedge of bread with the knife edge against his thumb, popped it in his mouth, and followed it with ...
— Action Front • Boyd Cable (Ernest Andrew Ewart)

... Hawkins to gather wild columbine on the high cliff above the river, known as Lover's Leap. When winter came these two sometimes went to Bear Creek, skating; or together they attended parties, where the old-fashioned games "Ring-around-Rosy" and "Dusty Miller" were the ...
— The Boys' Life of Mark Twain • Albert Bigelow Paine

... fisherwives, followed by the factor. He had found a place on the eastern side of the village, where, jumping a low earth wail, he got into a little back yard, and was trampling over its few stocks of kail, and its one dusty miller and double daisy, when the woman to whose cottage it belonged caught sight of him through the window, and running out fell to abusing him in no measured language. He rode at her in his rage, and she fled shrieking into ...
— The Marquis of Lossie • George MacDonald



Words linked to "Dusty miller" :   bush, genus Senecio, catchfly, wormwood, Senecio, Tanacetum, rose campion, silver-lace, lychnis, gardener's delight, Lychnis coronaria, composite plant, genus Artemisia, centaury, genus Tanacetum, composite, shrub



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