As you begin the search for your next plant, you may be factoring in color, shape and size. But have you ever considered getting a fuzzy plant? There are hundreds of furry varieties out there, ranging from trees to succulents to your typical ground cover. Once you find the one for you, it’ll be hard to resist the soft foliage.

We’ve compiled a list of the top 18 fuzzy plants alphabetically along with information on hardiness zones and sunlight requirements. Check out our tips below so you can find the best (and softest!) variety for you. 

1. African Violet

african violet

Known for their vibrant purple blooms and velvety leaves, African violets are both soft to the touch and a beautiful sight to see. With proper care, you’ll find your violets thriving in a household setting — just be sure to place them by a south- or west-facing window for optimal lighting.

  • Botanical Name: Saintpaulia ionantha
  • Hardiness Zones: 11 and 12
  • Preferred Light: Morning sun
  • Great For: Indoor decor

2. Angel’s Hair Artemisia

angel's hair

Border your garden with the stunning silver-gray foliage of Angel’s hair artemesia! These garden plants are great for drier climates and attract a wide variety of wildlife, such as birds, bees and butterflies. They also do well in garden beds and are suitable for coastal regions. Don’t hesitate to reach down and give the plant’s fuzzy foliage a stroke or two!

  • Botanical Name: Artemisia schmidtiana
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Preferred Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Great For: Garden beds

3. Bear Paw Jade

bear paw jade

Looking for a fuzzy succulent to add to your collection? Bear paw jades may be the perfect plant for you. These low-growing succulents produce rosettes full of soft green leaves and small white flowers above the foliage. You’ll notice when the potted plant is exposed to full sun the leaves turn bright red, making it a beautiful addition to any household garden. 

  • Botanical Name: Crassula pubescens subsp. rattrayi
  • Hardiness Zones: 9-11
  • Preferred Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Great For: Small pots or containers

4. Chenille Plant

chenille

This unique fuzzy plant is named after the French word for “caterpillar,” which is exactly what they look like! Chenille plants produce fuzzy red flowers that add an element of texture and beauty to any garden they’re in. The chenille plant will certainly stand out among other houseplants. Due to its long foliage, these plants do best in hanging containers or a spot where it can drape downward. 

  • Botanical Name: Acalypha hispida, A. pendula
  • Hardiness Zones: 9 and 10
  • Preferred Light: Partial shade and indirect light
  • Great For: Hanging containers

5. Dusty Miller

dusty miller

As the name suggests, dusty miller boasts beautiful silver dust on its foliage that is soft to the touch and lovely to look at. Pair this plant with bright and bold flowers such as dahlias or violets for a vibrant summer garden look. You may even be lucky enough to see some of its yellow flowers bloom in the second growing season!  

  • Botanical Name: Senecio cineraria
  • Hardiness Zones: Annual in all zones
  • Preferred Light: Full sun
  • Great For: Gardens 

6. Fountain Grass

fountain grass

Fountain grass plants closely resemble the fountains we’re all familiar with — stunning purple flowers stem from their long, slim leaves. A graceful addition to any garden, fountain grasses are ornamental and a great choice for landscaping. These fuzzy plants are low-maintenance and great for beginner gardeners! 

  • Botanical Name: Pennisetum spp.
  • Hardiness Zones: 5-10
  • Preferred Light: Full sun or partial shade 
  • Great For: Garden beds

7. Green Goddess

green goddess

You won’t be able to resist touching a green goddess! This fuzzy succulent has some of the softest foliage on its frosty green leaves. As one of the easiest houseplants to grow, green goddesses require very little water in order for it to thrive in its environment. Just be careful not to leave water sitting in the rosettes, as that can lead to a variety of fungal diseases.

  • Botanical Name: Echeveria ‘Haageana’
  • Hardiness Zones: 9-11
  • Preferred Light: Bright indoor light
  • Great For: Small pots or containers

8. Hyacinth 

hyacinth

With a lovely fragrance paired with a unique texture, it’s not hard to fall in love with the hyacinth plant. These blooms are a great option if you’re looking for a pop of color in your garden, as they come in a variety of purple and pink shades. Mix these flowers with other spring-blooming bulbs like tulips and you’ll have a gorgeous garden for all to admire.

  • Botanical Name: Hyacinthus orientalis
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-8
  • Preferred Light: Full sun
  • Great For: Ground cover or pots

9. Irish Moss

irish moss

Add a touch of elegance and texture to your garden with Irish moss. This versatile plant looks lovely in landscapes and produces stunning emerald green colors in its foliage. Little white flowers also begin to appear throughout the growing season. Another great option would be Scotch moss, which produces a more yellow tint in its foliage. 

  • Botanical Name: Sagina subulata
  • Hardiness Zones: 6-10
  • Preferred Light: Full sun or partial shade
  • Great For: Ground covers

10. Iron Cross Begonia

iron cross

Iron cross begonias feature burgundy cross-like patterns in the middle of their fuzzy leaves. With bright green colors and unique features, this plant is hard to miss! Iron cross begonias are usually sold as potted plants — if you decide to place them outside, be sure to protect them from harsh winds and frost. 

  • Botanical Name: Begonia masoniana
  • Hardiness Zones: 11-12
  • Preferred Light: Bright, indirect light
  • Great For: Houses or outdoor gardens

11. Jerusalem Sage

jerusalem sage

Despite its name, Jerusalem sage is not part of the sage family. It does, however, possess similar characteristics to traditional sage plants with woolly flowers and leaves. If you live in a warmer climate, this plant may be a good option, as it prefers hardiness zones between 8 and 10. 

  • Botanical Name: Phlomis fruticosa
  • Hardiness Zones: 8-10
  • Preferred Light: Full sun or light shade
  • Great For: Outdoor gardens 

12. Lamb’s Ear

lamb's ear

Warm and fuzzy like a lamb’s ear, this adorably named annual plant grows thick gray and green leaves. These plants spread quickly, so plan to place them in an area where they have plenty of room to grow and take over. Lamb’s ears are also drought-tolerant, so if you live in a dry climate, these uniquely textured plants would do well in your backyard. 

  • Botanical Name: Stachys byzantina
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-10
  • Preferred Light: Full sun to partial shade
  • Great For: Ground covers

13. Licorice Plant

licorice plant

As tempting as it sounds, these plants are not edible despite their sweet name! You’ll quickly fall in love with licorice plants as they possess felt-like leaves and a beautiful frosted appearance. You may even notice a licorice scent emit from its foliage, which is where the name came from. These guys will do well in an indoor or outdoor container — whatever you prefer! 

  • Botanical Name: Helichrysum petiolare
  • Hardiness Zones: Annual in zones 9-11
  • Preferred Light: Full sun 
  • Great For: Containers

14. Mulleins

mulleins

These large, velvety plants are easily identified by their tall stalks of yellow flower rosettes. Mulleins can also be used as a medicinal plant treatment for inflammation, coughs and congestion — settlers in the 1800s often used mulleins in their compounds to treat tuberculosis. Be sure to remove the furry rosettes if you want to prevent it from spreading in your garden. 

  • Botanical Name: Verbascum spp.
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-10
  • Preferred Light: Full sun 
  • Great For: Gardens

15. Old Man Cactus

old man's cactus

This funny-looking plant looks just like it’s name — it has fluffy white hairs at the top, making it look like a white head of hair! Old man cactuses are small houseplants with lots of character and are hard to kill. Its unique appearance will add textural interest to your home or even outside in your garden.

  • Botanical Name: Cephalocereus senilis
  • Hardiness Zones: 9 and 10
  • Preferred Light: Bright sunlight
  • Great For: Houses or outdoor gardens

16. Panda Plant

panda plant

Add some personality to your home with a panda plant! This is a great, kid-friendly plant that the whole family will love (and want to touch!). You may be wondering why this plant is named after a beloved zoo animal — panda plants are known for their white hairs and darker leaf tips that closely resemble the fur of a panda bear. Keep these cute plants in bright light and limit your watering for optimal growth. 

  • Botanical Name: Kalanchoe Tomentosa
  • Hardiness Zones: 10-12
  • Preferred Light: Bright light
  • Great For: Houses or outdoor gardens

17. Purple Passion

purple passion

Go the more unusual route and get yourself a purple passion plant. These unique plants have velvety leaves with thick purple hairs that look stunning in any setting or environment. We recommend planting them in a hanging container to allow its trailing pattern and foliage to grow freely. 

  • Botanical Name: Gynura aurantiaca
  • Hardiness Zones: 10-12
  • Preferred Light: Bright to moderate light
  • Great For: Hanging containers 

18. Pussy Willow

pussy willow

If you want a versatile tree that can be grown both indoors and outdoors, you should consider planting a pussy willow. Its soft white catkins (flower clusters) are gorgeous to look at and stay fresh for a long time while potted. Once the plant is mature, the catkins eventually turn into whitish yellow flowers. 

  • Botanical Name: Salix discolor
  • Hardiness Zones: 4-9
  • Preferred Light: Full sun 
  • Great For: Houses or outdoor gardens

Now that you’ve got your fuzzy plants of choice in mind, what are you waiting for? This fall will be your time to shine by planting some of the most unique and ticklish plants in your garden. With our advice, you’ll become a gardening expert even in the most challenging weather conditions!