Though it looks just like the annual dusty miller, 'Silver Brocade' artemisia is actually a perennial. Grown for its silver foliage, it makes a nice foliage accent in the perennial garden - but this easy-going perennial holds a little secret that most people don't know about. It serves as a reliable host for the caterpillars of the American lady butterfly! The thick white hairs on the leaves don't deter them at all, and you're like to find that your plant becomes the neighborhood hangout for American ladies and their larvae.
'Silver Brocade' (also known to some as 'Boughton Silver') needs full sun to look its best; well-drained soil, especially in winter, is essential as well. If you live in an area with heavy clay soils that stay wet for prolonged period, it should be planted with its crown slightly above the soil level so water drains away from it.
Plant size: 8-12"/.2-.3m tall x 2-3'/.8-.1m wide
Light: full sun (6+ hrs/day)
Hardiness: USDA zone 4-8 (Find your hardiness zone)
Pollinator value: caterpillar host plant.
Notable features:sun-loving, drought tolerant, deer resistant, foliage plant.
Pot size: one quart
Plant name: Artemisia stelleriana 'Boughton Silver'