- 10 plants with silver or grey foliage
- More plants with silver foliage
- Silver Plants: Using Silver Leaved Plant To Add Interest To The Garden
- A List of Silver Plant Names
- Spotlight on silver: Foliage to catch the eye
- Silver foliage plants have amazing quality– they can highlight other plants and flowers in the garden. Learn more about them and find out the best you can grow.
- 1. Silver Sage “Salvia”
- 2. Dusty Miller
- 3. Curry Plant
- 4. Rose Campion
- 5. Silvermound Artemisia
- 6. Japanese Painted Fern
- 7. Heuchera “Sugar Frosting”
- 8. Buddleja ”Silver Anniversary”
- 9. Lamb’s Ear
- 10. Brunnera Macrophylla “Jack Frost”
- 11. Blue Spruce
- 12. Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’
- 13. Melianthus Major
- 14. Russian Sage
- 15. “Silver Shimmers” Lungwort
- How To Use Silver & Gray In The Garden
- Fuzzy Flower and Plant Types
- Fuzzy Plants
- Fuzzy Flowers
- Fuzzy Succulents
- Succulent Plants with Fuzzy, Velvety Leaves
10 plants with silver or grey foliage
Used selectively, silver, grey or grey-blue foliage can transform a bed or border display.
Silvery-leaved plants add contrast and interest, and bring a cool elegance to planting combinations. They look especially good combined with plants with pink, white, blue and even burgundy flowers.
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Many plants with silver foliage are drought tolerant, making them useful in areas of low rainfall or borders with very well drained soil. Most do best in full sun. Some leaves are completely silver or grey; others are more mottled.
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Here are 10 versatile, silvery-leaved plants to consider.
Silvery-leaved plants add contrast and interest, and bring a cool elegance to planting combinations. 1
Lychnis ‘Gardeners’ World’
Lychnis coronaria, or rose campion, is a short-lived perennial, with clumps of silver felty leaves and long-lasting magenta flowers, popular with pollinators, in late summer. It does well in most well-drained soils but produces the best leaf colour in dry soil.
Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’
Honeywort, Cerinthe major ‘Purpurascens’, is a great hardy annual for filling gaps in a border. It has gorgeous silvery blue-green leaves and pretty bell-shaped purple flowers, which are a magnet for bees. It makes a good cut flower and self-seeds readily. Grow in moist but well-drained soil in full sun.
Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Sterling Silver’
Caryopteris clandonensis ‘Sterling Silver’ is an attractive shrub with silvery blue-green foliage. In late summer it bears deep blue flowers. Grow in a patio container, or towards the front of a sunny border, in well drained neutral to acid soil in full sun. Prune plants hard after flowering to enjoy the best possible display the following year.
Cardoon foliage (Cynara cardunculus)
Cynara cardunculus has striking silvery, thistle-like foliage and tall flower stems are topped by fat thistle buds that look like small globe artichokes. They open into large purple thistle flowers which attract masses of bees. Grow in fertile, well-drained soil in full sun.
Silver bush (Convolvulus cneorum)
As its common name suggests, Convolvulus cneorum has evergreen foliage that is covered in silky-grey hairs. In summer, pink buds open into blush-white trumpets with a pink stripe. Grow it in at the front of a border, in a pot, or in a rockery in well-drained soil in full sun.
Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Pretty Carol’
Santolina chamaecyparissus, or cotton lavender, is neat, rounded evergreen shrub with finely divided, fragrant foliage and small yellow pompon flowers. Grow as groundcover, at the front of the border, or in pots. Santolina chamaecyparissus ‘Pretty Carol’ (pictured) is a small cultivar.
Eryngium ‘Silver Ghost’
Eryngiums, or sea hollies, bear small spiky flowers on sturdy, upright stems from July to September and have grey/blue foliage; Eryngium giganteum ‘Silver Ghost’ is especially silvery. Grow in a gravel garden or large herbaceous border in free-draining soil in full sun.
Curry plant (Helichrysum italicum)
The curry plant or Helichrysum italicum is a dwarf sub-shrub that bears clusters of small, bright yellow flowers throughout summer. ‘The aromatic foliage smells of curry. Grow in a sunny, sheltered position in well-drained soil. Prune regularly to keep it compact.
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen’
Pittosporum ‘Silver Queen’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Silver Queen’ bears white markings on the edge of it leaves, making it appear silvery. During late spring and early summer small, bell-shaped, purple flowers are produced in clusters. It makes a good specimen shrub and can be trimmed into a hedge. Grow in a sheltered spot.
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More plants with silver foliage
- Brunnera macrophylla ‘Jack Frost’
- Lambs’ ears (Stachys byzantina ‘Silver Carpet’)
- Senecio cineraria ‘Silver Dust’
- Wormwood (Artemisia)
Silver Plants: Using Silver Leaved Plant To Add Interest To The Garden
Silver or gray foliage plants can complement nearly any garden, and many of them are low maintenance too. Most of these interesting plants perform well in hot or dry areas. In fact, a large number of plants with gray and silver foliage are even native to drought-like environments. The main reason for this is their hairy foliage or the waxy texture that some silver leaf plants have. Both of these characteristics enable them to reflect sunlight and conserve water.
In the garden, silver leaf plants may take on several different roles. They can add unique interest anywhere, working well on their own as focal points or with other plants. A silver leaved plant can be an excellent contrast to green plants while breaking up the monotony of single colored gardens. They can also tone down bright colors. Silver plants blend nicely with shades of blue, lilac, and pink. They also contrast well with purple, red, and orange.
A List of Silver Plant Names
No matter how to choose to use them in the garden, this neutral color will add some dimension and interest to nearly any landscape. Here is a list of some of the most commonly silver plant names for the garden:
- Lamb’s ear (Stachys byzantina) – its fine white hairs give it a soft, fuzzy gray appearance. Great ground cover with inconspicuous blooms.
- Russian sage (Perovskia atriplicifolia) – lavender blue flowers with gray aromatic foliage
- Faassen’s catmint (Nepata x faassenii) – somewhat hairy gray green foliage with blue flowers
- Amethyst sea holly (Eryngium amethystinum) – steel blue flowers hovering over gray green foliage
- Sivermound mugwort (Artemisia schmidtiana) – wooly gray clumps with tiny pale yellow flowers
- Rose campion (Lychnis atriplicifolia) – showy rose colored flowers rise high above its silver green foliage
- Dusty miller (Senecio cineraria ‘Silverdust’) – annual grown for its hairy, silvery white foliage
- Lungwort (Pulmonaria saccharata) – speckled silvery gray foliage with blue flowers
- Woolly thyme (Thymus pseudolanuginosus) – low growing ground cover with gray felt-like foliage
- Mediterranean lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) – aromatic gray green foliage and purple flower spikes
- Edelweiss (Leontopodium alpinum) – leaves and small yellow flowers are covered with white hairs, giving silver appearance
- Snow-in-summer (Cerastium tomentosum) – ground cover with small metallic, silvery leaves and bright white flowers
- Ornamental mullein (Verbascum) – resembles lamb’s ear but with attractive flower spikes of white, yellow, pink, or peach
Silver-leaved plants are sought by many a gardener and for a variety of uses, but there’s no escaping the sense of wonder they can bring to our daylight or evening gardens. Silver tones both soothe and complement or glisten and contrast. They blend in with nearly every design or can be used as a focal point. They add elegance to a particular bed or just as easily a touch of whimsy.
— Earl Nickel
Earl Nickel is an Oakland nurseryman and freelance writer. Email: [email protected]
Catch the eye
Silver arrives in many shades and sizes, from the eye-catching Centaurea gymnocarpa, which fills out to an impressive 4-by-4- foot shrub, down to the carpeting charms of Cerastium candidissimum (Snow-in-summer). The former looks for all the world like a Dusty Miller that got carried away, and it makes an excellent focal point in the garden. Easy to grow and drought tolerant, this long-lived perennial is all gleaming silver. Its fuzzy pink flowers are almost an afterthought, although they do sparkle against the glowing backdrop.
There are several notable silver sages, but one of my favorites is Salvia argentea. It forms a formidable rosette of scalloped silvery leaves to 3 feet across. The leaves are adorned with a whitish fuzz, adding another level of interest to this plant. In late summer, plants bear tall spikes of white flowers, attracting both hummingbirds and bees. Make sure to place this dramatic accent plant where everyone can enjoy it.
Salvia argentea forms a formidable rosette of scalloped silvery leaves up to 3 feet across. White blooms appear in late summer.Photo: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials
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Spotlight on silver: Foliage to catch the eye
6 1of6Dudleya pulverulenta, a California native, forms a low 2-foot rosette followed by coral flowers in summer.Photo: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials 2of6Centaurea gymnocarpa makes an excellent focal with its silver foliage and fuzzy pink flowers.Photo: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials 3of6Salvia argentea blooms in late summer: Plants bear tall spikes of white flowers, attracting both hummingbirds and bees.Photo: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials 4of6Dudleya pulverulenta, a California native, forms a low 2-foot rosette followed by coral flowers in summer.Photo: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials 5of6Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’ creates a lovely cascade of silver once established.Photo: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials 6of6Dichondra argentea ‘Silver Falls’ makes a striking cascade of silver.Photo: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials
Lavenders are always an excellent choice for a drought-tolerant garden and Lavandula ‘Goodwin Creek’ offers perhaps the most silvery-gray foliage. It tops out at a modest 2 feet so you can tuck it in among other perennials or create a stand of it among grasses or succulents. Bees adore lavenders and there’s that intoxicating fragrance.
Speaking of succulents, which are all the rage these days, there are an assortment to choose from. Start with California native Dudleyas (‘Chalk Liveforever’). I especially like D. pulverulenta, one of the most silvery selections from this genus. It forms a low 2- foot rosette, followed by coral flowers in summer. This succulent also looks good in a tall container, where its reflective leaves almost resemble a pool in the moonlight.
Want to create a riverbed that flowers? Cotyledon orbiculata offers glistening silver foliage that gradually multiplies to form a dense colony. A friend has used this plant to suggest a dry riverbed, the silvery-gray tones evoking a cool stream. Lovely! Versatile and very drought tolerant, this hardy succulent has many uses.
Another sturdy California native ground cover is the exceptionally pretty Eriogonum crocatum (’Saffron Buckwheat’). Low and spreading, it makes a perfect silvery carpet underneath taller plants. In early summer it produces vivid yellow fuzzy flowers that are adored by a variety of pollinators.
Need your silver to cascade? Try Dichondra ‘Silver Falls.’ This sun lover equally reflects the sun or moon and creates the most breathtaking silvery waterfall once established.
Silver foliage plants have amazing quality– they can highlight other plants and flowers in the garden. Learn more about them and find out the best you can grow.
The silvery foliage has a precious and bright appearance. This color not only brightens up the dull, dark corner but it also accentuates the plants and flowers of other colors around it.
1. Silver Sage “Salvia”
Salvia argentea is a short-living perennial, it forms an unusual rosette of furry leaves. In the second year, it produces a spike of white flowers in summer and then wilts. The plant is not suitable for tropics and requires a climate with moderate summer.
2. Dusty Miller
Ideal for borders or in compositions with other annuals. The dusty miller is suitable for pots too and probably one of the most commonly grown silver foliage plants. The reason maybe is that it is easy to grow and looks amazing with almost every other flowering plant.
3. Curry Plant
Helichrysum Italicum, which is also sometimes called the curry plant (however, it is not the actual curry plant) is a beautiful silver foliage plants. It grows best in warm temperate climate and flowers in summer.
4. Rose Campion
Beautiful plant; beyond the words when in full bloom. The dazzling display of magenta or deep pink or purplish flowers from spring to summer together with grey-green silvery foliage is exquisite. The best thing about this perennial is that it is hardy in USDA Zones 4-10, which means it can be grown in both colder and warmer climates.
5. Silvermound Artemisia
Mounds of glossy and bright silvery leaves eventually expand a little and line the floor. This exceptional silver foliage plant just grows up to 12 inches tall and requires well-drained soil and full sun. It grows best under USDA Zones 4-8
6. Japanese Painted Fern
If you think all ferns are green you are wrong. The Japanese painted fern has cool silvery-gray foliage and reddish stalks that accentuate its beauty. This prolific plant is low growing and easy to grow. Providing it light to full shade and well-drained but moist soil in cool temperates to warmer zones.
Also Read: Growing Soft Tree Fern
7. Heuchera “Sugar Frosting”
Heucheras are great foliage plants. Its cultivar called “Sugar frosting” has beautiful silvery-burgundy leaves. This beautiful perennial requires well-drained soil and partial sun (or can be grown in full sun in cooler regions) to thrive.
8. Buddleja ”Silver Anniversary”
It is a medium sized shrub and can be grown in containers too. The flowers are fragrant and attractive to bees and hummingbirds. The plant has silver-gray foliage, it has average watering needs and requires warmth and full sun in order to grow. You can grow this butterfly bush in warm temperates to subtropical regions under USDA Zones 5-9.
9. Lamb’s Ear
It forms rosettes of elongated silvery leaves, very soft when touched. It’s a beautiful groundcover and can be grown in containers easily. It requires well-drained soil and full sun to thrive.
10. Brunnera Macrophylla “Jack Frost”
Commonly known as “Siberian bugloss”, this stunning plant is probably one of the best silver foliage plants you can grow in your garden. It is suitable for shade. Also, its small blue “forget me not” like flowers appear from spring and the plant looks speechless throughout the summer.
11. Blue Spruce
Colorado blue spruce is an American conifer that bestows the garden with its attractive silvery-blue foliage. It looks magnificent and if you have a big backyard you can grow this wonderful tree.
12. Brachyglottis ‘Sunshine’
This plant comes from daisy family, it has beautiful silver-green leaves. In summer, it adorns with showy golden yellow flowers that makes it even more valuable bush. This small shrub can grow up to 3-5 feet tall, it prefers full sun and moist but well-drained soil.
Also Read: Gerbera Daisy Care & Growing Guide
13. Melianthus Major
Melianthus is a suitable plant for gardeners who live in a warm tropical or subtropical climates. However, you can grow it as an annual in cooler regions. It requires the sun, heat, and well-drained soil to grow. The plant can be grown in USDA Zones 8-11.
14. Russian Sage
Russian sage is a dramatic plant, it looks similar to lavender and also requires full sun and well-drained, dry soil to grow. The plant has beautiful silvery-gray foliage and lavender colored flowers that start to appear from late spring and bloom till fall.
15. “Silver Shimmers” Lungwort
This easy to grow, shade-loving, deer resistant plant looks pretty impressive and if you like to beautify your garden with silver aluminum color like foliage, try this plant. It requires rich and moist but well-drained soil. Providing a good circulation around this plant is essential as pulmonarias are susceptible to mildew.
How To Use Silver & Gray In The Garden
- Artemesia ‘Powis Castle’ (Powis Castle Silver Sage) – is a true non-blooming silver plant. It grows in most any climate, even humid heat. This is a very underused ornamental sage. With dissected silver-gray foliage, it is the perfect companion plant to use with other flowering perennials and ornamental grasses to bring out interesting contrasts of leaf color and texture. It almost never flowers, thus maintaining its neat appearance with no extra effort. Not at all fussy as to soil type, “Powis Castle” is also quite drought tolerant.
- Agastache rupestris (Licorice Mint Hyssop) – one of the all-time great perennials with fine textured, highly aromatic gray leaves. This is one of the best, most durable species in the Agastache family. With smoky orange flowers held by lavender calyxes, the entire plant is scented like licorice and mint and attracts hummingbirds. A High Country Gardens introduction.
- Oenothera fremonti ‘Shimmer’ (Shimmer Primrose) is a low-growing perennial with unique foliage that goes from green to pewter-gray by mid-summer. The extremely narrow gray-green, almost silver leaves have such incredible texture that it is invaluable when contrasting with other colors and types of foliage. I recommend pinching the stem tips several times in spring to create more branching and “thicken up” the plant with more foliage. Profuse yellow flowers too.
By Denise Seghesio Levine, UC Master Gardener of Napa County
Summer is bold and bright and warm and colorful. Except when it is not. The other side of summer is soft and gray and fuzzy. Bright, bold summer days are often tempered by soft gray fog creeping over the hills and wispy fingers of silver mist drifting through the valley in the morning, cooling and soothing.
In our gardens we can have the same bold and soft summer contrast. Summer is the time when the most colorful flowers show off: golden sunflowers; circus-colored zinnias; blue, white and red petunias; purple foxglove; red and pink asters. Dahlias and roses, lobelias and nasturtium, four o’clocks and cannas can take center stage.
With so many colors, shapes and scents, we can almost overlook the usually smaller-flowered silver and gray plants. But cool silver and gray are welcome in the garden, especially in our warm summers. Plants with fuzzy silver and gray foliage are made for our Mediterranean climate.
Why, you may ask? It is the fuzz. Look closely at these plants and you will see soft, tiny hairs covering one or both sides of the leaves. These hairs reflect the sun’s rays, slow water evaporation, protect the plant from wind and cool the surface of the leaves by several degrees. Thanks to their fuzz, these understated plants are protected from brutal heat and scarce water.
Some botanists suggest that the same hairs that protect from heat also insulate from extreme cold and help keep the plant warm in winter. Herbivores are deterred by these waxy or hairy coatings, making these plants deer resistant. A plus for country gardeners.
At the garden center, it’s easy to spot these silvery plants. Look for dusty miller (Artemisia stelleriana) with its lacy foliage. Or lamb’s-ear (Stachys byzantina), a perennial with large, soft, fuzzy leaves that children and adults love to pet. Lamb’s-ear spreads into a wide gray blanket, producing tall spires of yellow or lavender flowers.
Yarrows (Achillea ageratifolia), mugwort (Artemisia) and many sages, including Salvia argentea and Salvia officinalis, make beautiful counterpoints to neighboring plants with deep green foliage. Sages range from low-growing groundcovers to towering plants with landing pads for hummingbirds and flowers; many are wonderfully fragrant. The one exception I have found is Mexican sage which grows about three feet tall and produces lovely purple flower spires. It has survived and thrived in my garden for 35 years and looks good most of the year. But it smells terrible.
Wooly thyme and others in the thyme family belong on any list of gray-, white- and silver-leaved drought-resistant, unfussy plants. About the only way you can kill these plants is with too much kindness. These are not the sort of plants that require abundant water and compost. They will do much better in spare circumstances with scant water.
If you are perusing seed catalogs, the botanic name will help you identify these plants. White, gray and silver foliage plants have a nomenclature all their own. In Gardener’s Latin: A Lexicon by Bill Neal (Algonquin Books),you will find lists with botanic descriptions for the rest of us.
The phrases alb, alba or albi in a plant’s genus or species name all signify white. Candicans, eri, erio and floccosus all describe leaves that are wooly. Argent, argyro and argophyllus mean silver leaved. Greicius and incana refer to gray. Hirsutis, comosis and trychopfollus indicate a hairy plant, and arachnoides means spider-like or covered with long scraggly hairs like cobwebs. See? A whole different vocabulary. Neal’s lists are extensive in his useful little book, which is still available if you are so inclined.
The madrone tree (Arbutus menziesii) provides another interesting example of the reflective qualities of these plants. Its leathery leaves have furry silver undersides that are so reflective that, on country roads late at night, they can be mistaken for oncoming headlights.
Not every white plant is drought resistant. In nature, plants evolve to survive, but humans now breed plants to be beautiful as well. So be aware that hybridized plants with white foliage may not be as tough as those produced by natural selection.
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Fuzzy Flower and Plant Types
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
Succulent Plants with Fuzzy, Velvety Leaves
Succulents as a group evolved in some very inhospitable places. Their environment is usually hot, dry and has animals just dying to eat them. This is a strategy they need to protect them.
You’ve most likely seen lots of succulent plants that have ‘bloom’ – no not the flowers, a layer of wax that protects them from the sun.
This is typical of Echeveria, Graptopetalum and many of the hybrids between those two genera. Sedum has it too, and if it rubs off you can see a real difference between the bloom and the actual surface of the leaf.
The evolution of a fuzzy surface is another adaptation to extremely intense light. Each hair will cast a bit of shade on the leaf surface, making it a tiny bit cooler for the leaf.
Some of the most popular succulents that show this are in the Kalanchoe, Echeveria and several other families. This list is not complete, as there are many other succulent plants that aren’t as popular because of this trait.
They have particular needs, such as not being watered onto the leaves, especially with cold water or water that has a lot of minerals in.
This harms the leaf by making a magnifying effect when in full sun. The tiny hairs that make up the ‘fuzz’ can be damaged, leaving the plant exposed to direct sunlight where it can be burned.
So if you have fuzzy leaved succulents, water with ‘tempered’ water only, and use rainwater or water from an air conditioner. This will make sure that it has no minerals in. Oh, and water the surface of the soil only, not over the top of the plant.
Getting the leaves or soil too wet for too long can create lots of problems, as this picture indicates;
Kalanchoe tomentosa, overwatered
Just for fun, here are some of the Latin names you may see if your plant is fuzzy, hairy or prickly;
aculeate = armed with prickles, e.g. the stem of a rose.
arachnoid = cobwebby, from being covered with fine white hairs.
armata = prickly
barbata = bearded, hairy
barbellate = having barbed hairs (barbellae)
cilia – sing. cilium; adj. ciliate = very small hairs or hair-like protrusions more or less confined to the margins of an organ, as with eyelashes; in motile cells, minute, hair-like protrusions which aid motility.
felted = covered with very dense, interlocked and matted hairs with the appearance or texture of felt or woollen cloth.
filamentous = consisting of filaments or fibres, hairlike.
fimbriate = fringed
floccose = having a soft and woolly covering of hairs.
hirsuta = hairy – bearing coarse, rough, longish hairs.
hispida = bristly
indumentum = a collective term for a surface covering of any kind of hairs, scales.
lanata or lanuniginosus = woolly
tomentosa = tomentose, woolly
velutina = velvety
villosa = hairy
Some great fuzzy, velvety or hairy succulents you may see are in this list;
Cotyledon tomentosa – the Bear Paws Plant
Tentatively, Crassula lanuginosus ‘David’
Delosperma echinatum – Hedgehog Iceplant Echeveria ciliosum Echeveria harmsii – plush plant Echeveria pulvinatum – Red Velvet Plush Plant Echeveria setosa hybrid Echeveria pulv-oliver – a cross between two velvety Echeveria Kalanchoe tomentosa – Chocolate Soldier Portulaca or Delosperma with fuzzy leaves Tradescantia sillamontana
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