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Flowers That Feel Like Velvet

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Texture is an important element in the garden. A variety of textures adds interest to a flower bed, just as a variety of colors and heights does. If it's a velvety texture you're seeking, several flowers that fit the bill. They are all unique in shape and size, but have a soft texture in common.


An annual with a velvety texture is cockscomb, or Celosia cristata. This unique flower, also known as a wool flower, resembles a colorful rooster's comb. It belongs to the amaranth family, Amaranthaceae. Cockscomb flowers can be red, pink, yellow or gold and are typically 2 to 5 inches wide. They have a flattened appearance with a ruffled top edge. Flowers grow on stems that are 1 to 2 feet tall. This annual dicotyledon blooms from late summer through fall.

Lamb's Ears

Lamb's ears Stachys byzantina bears soft purplish spikes of flowers in late spring to summer. Though the flowers have a soft texture, the foliage is this perennial's main attraction. Fuzzy silvery leaves grow in clumps that make an ideal border. Velvety lamb's ears are hardy in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 9 and thrive in full sun. Divide every few years.

Velvet Flowers

Another annual, salpiglossis is known as the velvet flower because of its texture. Its startling colors range from a dark maroon that is almost black to purple, pink, lilac, cream, yellow and light blue. Gold veins run through the petals of the salpiglossis flower, which is shaped like a petunia. It blooms in summer to fall on stems that can grow as tall as 30 inches.


The snapdragon Antirrhinum majus is an old-fashioned flower that is easy to grow. This distinctive small flower has a velvet texture, and its shape resembles the head of a dragon. Gently pinch the sides of its soft jaws, and the ''dragon's head'' will open. This cool-season annual blooms in early spring in colors including red, pink, orange, yellow and white. Stems grow 1 to 4 feet tall. The plant will self-seed if not deadheaded and return the next year. Plant in sun to part-sun.

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