natives with fuzzy leaves?

lovenrage(z6/7 raleigh)June 5, 2012

Hey everyone! I'm working on a school project and was hoping I could get some ideas here. Does anyone know of any plants with fuzzy/furry leaves that are native to the US, preferably the northeast?

Lamb's ear is a pretty good example of a fuzzy plant but it isn't native.

Thanks so much!!

lnr

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lycopus(z5 NY)

Are these plants that you intend to grow? Swamp saxifrage has leaves similar to lamb's ear but might be difficult to cultivate.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2012 at 7:51PM
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lovenrage(z6/7 raleigh)

yeah, hoping to grow them. The easier to acquire the better. Thanks for the response though! I'll look into it.

    Bookmark   June 6, 2012 at 12:03AM
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theresa2(z5)

Pale Purple Coneflower (Echinacea pallida) and Pasque Flower
(Anemone patens), native to midwest, but not the NE. Prairie Smoke (Geum triflorum) is native to parts of the NE. That's all I can think of off the top of my head.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2012 at 9:39PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Mullein

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 8:40AM
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fatamorgana2121(Zone 5/6)

Rudebeckia hirta - black-eyed susan. The ones I winter-sowed last year are very fuzzy this year. My Echinacea tennesseensis is fuzzy and so is my Echinacea angustifolia.

Purpleinopp- If by mullein you mean the quintessentially fuzzy Verbascum thapsus, it is naturalized not native in North America. I'm not sure if there are any Verbasums native to North America. Though I must agree, when I thought about fuzzy leaves, mullein was the first plant to mind! ;)

FataMorgana

    Bookmark   June 10, 2012 at 5:15PM
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Tiffany, purpleinopp GardenWeb, Z8b Opp, AL

Yes, and thanks for the clarification. A lot of time I get butterfly host plants associated as being native in my mind when they are not. Are there any Verbascum native to US?

I don't know what you're researching, but maybe this is interesting.

How about Erigeron?

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 10:57AM
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lovenrage(z6/7 raleigh)

Sweet thanks for all the great responses. I hadn't thought of Echinacea. Very interesting article too!

lnr

    Bookmark   June 11, 2012 at 3:31PM
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