Plants That Kids Love to Touch

From the fuzzy fiddleheads of ferns to the touch-responsive leaves of the sensitive plant, many plants extend their leaves, buds, stems, blooms and seed heads, encouraging you to come closer. Here are just a few.

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Kids love to "pet" the fuzzy, red, catkin-like blooms of the chenille plant, in both its trailing and shrubby forms. Whether you choose to grow chenille indoors as a houseplant or outdoors in-ground, this lovable plant will attract the interest of your garden visitors.
Other plants with soft or fuzzy flowers:
Mexican bush sage (Salvia farinacea)
gayfeather (Liatris spicata)
cockscomb (Celosia sp.)
lemon bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)
pussy toes (Antennaria dioica): fuzzy flowers and foliage
foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia): spiky flowers and fuzzy foliage

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