Tiny hairlike structures on the leaves of some house plants can make them appear fuzzy or furry. This characteristic is common in some species of plants and only present on certain cultivars of other species. There are fuzzy-leaved plants that bloom and some that are grown for their foliage alone. Growing requirements vary as well depending on the plant species.
African violets are compact 6- to 9-inch tall plants with small flowers and fuzzy leaves. The flowers can be various shades of blue, purple, pink, red or white and bicolor or single colour. These plants can bloom year-round under the right conditions. Plant them in African violet potting mix and keep the soil evenly moist. Do not mist these plants or get water on the leaves. Keep them out of direct sunlight in late spring, summer and early fall. They can be exposed to brief periods of direct sunlight throughout the winter months.
Gloxinias grow to 8 inches tall with large scallop-edged fuzzy leaves. The bell-shaped flowers are 4 inches in diameter. They can be white or various shades of purple, red or pink. Florist gloxinias generally are grown from seed. This type of gloxinia tends to bloom more profusely but rarely last more than one season. Tuber gloxinias are more likely to grow back and bloom again after a brief dormant period. Planting and care for gloxinias is the same as for African violets except for sun exposure. Gloxinias should be kept out of direct sunlight all year round.
Strawberry begonias (Saxifraga stolonifera) grow to 8 inches tall. Their fuzzy leaves have scalloped edges and silver-grey veining. They also bloom, producing little white flowers in sprays during the summer. Plant them in a good commercial house plant potting mix and let the top inch of soil dry between waterings. These plants need bright light. Direct morning sunshine will benefit the plant but do not let it sit in direct afternoon sun as the leaves can scorch. Give the plant a rest in the winter to encourage blooming.
Purple Passion Plant
Purple passion plant (Gynura aurantiaca) has large green leaves covered with purple fuzz. It grows to a mature height of 2 feet tall. This plant will also produce yellow flowers in the spring but they should be removed immediately. They are unattractive, have a foul smell and will cause the plant to decline. Pot purple passion plants in good commercial potting soil and keep them consistently moist. Place them in bright indirect sunlight. The brighter the light the more purple the fuzz gets on the leaves but do not place it in hot direct sunlight as the leaves will scorch.
There are many types of succulents with fuzzy leaves. Echevaria Doris Taylor, Echeveria pulvinata Frosty and echeveria Pilosa all have fuzzy leaves. Water echeveria regularly in the spring, summer and fall, keeping the soil just barely moist at all times. Allow the top of the soil to begin to dry slightly between waterings in the winter. MILLOTII, orgyalis, Super Fuzzy, tomentosa Ginger and tomentos chocolate soldier are Kalanchoe plants with fuzzy leaves. Aeonium simisii and the Crassula cultivars rogersii and TETRAGONA also have fuzzy leaves. Kalanchoe, Aeonium and Crassula should be watered when the first inch of the potting mix is dry. All of these succulents should be grown in cactus potting mix and placed in a sunny location with some direct sunlight.
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