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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The exquisitely elaborate flowers of the passion vine (Passiflora) invite closer inspection. Other plants with inviting flowers:
globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa)
bee balm (Monarda didyma)
Clematis flowers and seed heads
goldenball lead tree or lemonball tree (Leucaena retusa)
statice (Limonium sp.)
love-in-the-mist (Nigella damascena)
strawflower (Bracteantha bracteata)
'Autumn Joy' sedum (Sedum spectabile 'Autumn Joy'), fresh and dried flower heads

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