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FanciFiller™ Chrome Fountain Centaurea

Centaurea 'Chrome Fountain'

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FanciFiller Chrome Fountain Centaurea (Centaurea 'Chrome Fountain') at Sargent's Nursery

FanciFiller™ Chrome Fountain Centaurea foliage

FanciFiller™ Chrome Fountain Centaurea foliage

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Height:  18 inches

Spacing:  12 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Dusty Miller

Brand:  Westhoff


Striking silver-white foliage creates stunning contrast and texture in hanging baskets, patio container or garden landscapes; a well branched, vase shaped selection that is low maintenance and easy to grow; heat loving and drought tolerant

Ornamental Features

FanciFiller™ Chrome Fountain Centaurea's attractive tomentose lobed leaves remain white in color with hints of silver throughout the year on a plant with a vase-shaped habit of growth.

Landscape Attributes

FanciFiller™ Chrome Fountain Centaurea is an herbaceous annual with an indistinguished habit of growth. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other garden plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

FanciFiller™ Chrome Fountain Centaurea is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

FanciFiller™ Chrome Fountain Centaurea will grow to be about 18 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 12 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. Although it's not a true annual, this plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist locations, and should do just fine under typical garden conditions. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

FanciFiller™ Chrome Fountain Centaurea is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a canvas of foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Container  Basket 
Foliage Color  Texture  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

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