Fun Flower Facts

Fuzzy Flower and Plant Types

July 18, 2016

There are numerous words out there that can be used to describe flowers and plants – between their scent and appearance alone, we bet we could create a list that goes on and on! One of the most interesting descriptions, however, would have to do with how they feel when touched. While you may use adjectives such as prickly or soft depending on the flower or plant type, have you ever described one as being fuzzy? We have, and we want to share some of the specifics of these touchable plants and flowers with you; keep reading to learn more.

Pussy Willow Fuzzy Flowers Close-up

Fuzzy Plants

Angel’s Hair Artemisia

If you’re looking to attract some visitors such as birds and butterflies to your garden, you’ll want to consider adding some angel’s hair artemisia. Similar to some of the other plants we’ll discuss below, the foliage produced by angel’s hair artemisia is gray/silver in color. Should you choose to add some of these fuzzy garden wonders to your yard, keep in mind that they can become invasive if conditions are just right, so monitor their growth closely!

Dusty Miller

You may be better able to recognize dusty millers if you live in a warmer climate, but even if not, you may have seen them before as flower fillers! Visually, dusty millers have mostly gray leaves as well as some yellow foliage, but you might even consider them to be silver depending on how you look at them.

peonies-and-dusty-miller

Fountain Grasses

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a short or tall, or dark or light, addition for your garden – we bet you’ll find success if you choose fountain grass! Able to grow at various heights and in various colors, fountain grasses share fuzzy flowers with us that we can’t help but love! Similar to angel’s hair artemisia, fountain grasses can become invasive under certain circumstances, so you’ll want to keep an eye on them as they start to grow.

Lamb’s Ears

Best grown in USDA zones 4 to 10, it’s worth it to consider lamb’s ears if you’re looking for a ground cover or edging plant. Ideally, lamb’s ears require full sun to partial shade in terms of lighting, and will grow best with moderate to regular amounts of water although dry conditions won’t wipe them out completely. If you find the right kind, you may even see some beautiful purple flowers start to bloom within the mix of fuzzy green leaves!

Lambs Ears

Licorice Plant

Most known for their ability to add a little something extra to flower and plant arrangements, licorice plants grow fuzzy leaves that can be any color from gray/green to various shades of cream and green. And though yes, their scent does resemble the classic smell of licorice, don’t be too tempted to taste!

Old Man Cactus

Wondering why this type of cactus is named as it is? It’s due to the fluffy white hairs that are found on the surface! This fuzzy white plant can serve as the perfect houseplant, especially if you’re looking for something that’s extremely unique! That’s not to say that they can’t be grown outside too, though – USDA zones 9 and 10 are particularly favorable for outdoor growing.

Old Man Cactus

Panda Plant

Panda plants are typically grown just for their foliage – if you see one, you’ll notice that their leaves are covered by soft silver hairs, which contribute to its fuzzy characteristics! In addition to their beautiful silver and green colors, the edges of leaves on panda plants usually have a brown or rusty tint to them – the combination of all three is just beautiful!

White Panda Plant

Fuzzy Flowers

Chenille Plant

Parts of this flowering shrub are so fuzzy that you might not even recognize one as being something that grows out in nature! Often used as houseplants, chenille plants are best positioned in a spot where they have the chance to drape downward and really show off their fuzzy blooms. And don’t forget, chenille plants need humid conditions to really thrive, so choose a location within your home carefully!

Chenille plant, flowers of Acalypha hispida

Jerusalem Sage

Although its name sets it up to be considered part of the sage family, a jerusalem sage actually is not! In some zones, you can find this fuzzy bloom as an evergreen (zones 8 to 10 to be exact), while in others (zones 5 to 7), it will die back in the winter. Beautiful and bright in color, we think jerusalem sages look excellent in a number of floral arrangements!

Pussy Willow

Perfect for spring, although they can start to bloom around the first of the year depending on the conditions, a pussy willow will produce amazingly soft catkins for you to enjoy. If you have a window at home that receives full sun daily, we bet you won’t be disappointed by placing one of these in it – it can act as the perfect piece of home decor!

Beautiful pussy willow flowers branches on wind, blue sunny sky background

The next time you’re looking for a plant or flower that has a ton of personality and characteristics that differ from others in your home or garden, we think you’ll love how things look with something fuzzy added to the mix!