'Valerie Finnis' is a compact cultivar which features stems and leaves that are silvery-white and pubescent. It is a generally upright perennial that is grown for its attractive foliage which adds contrast to gardens. The tiny, somewhat inconspicuous, yellowish-gray, flower heads which appear in dense panicles at the stem ends in summer have little ornamental value.
Best grown in poor to moderately fertile, dry to medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun. Excellent soil drainage is essential for growing this plant well. Does poorly in moist to wet soils where plants are susceptible to root rot. Plant stems tend to lodge (fall) in summer, especially if grown in fertile soils and/or part shade. General foliage decline commonly occurs in high humidity summer climates. Consider pinching back stems in late spring to reduce mature plant height. If foliage declines or stems flop in summer, plants may be sheared to revitalize. Although rhizomatous, 'Valerie Finnis' is generally quite restrained and is not considered to be as invasive in the garden as the species and some of the other cultivars thereunder.
Any plants for a hot dry location.
Summer and late summer
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