50 shades of gray leaves
April 6, 2020 8:30 AM   Subscribe

Overview of wild and garden plants with gray leaves This article is a very pleasant mix of aesthetics (coming to like gray-leaved plants, what other plants they look good with) and science (gray leaves are mostly found in hot, arid regions, they are usually green leaves covered with little whitish hairs that protect the leaves from heat).
posted by Nancy Lebovitz (8 comments total) 20 users marked this as a favorite
 
I prefer purple on my atypical plants. Neat post to add to that knowledge base. Thanks.
posted by RolandOfEld at 8:41 AM on April 6


Fascinating. I'm drawn to purple and gray in my plants and I'm always getting ones that end up dying as Canada is no place for a tropical, southern plant. Never made the collection to the colour. Will have to notice which colour died the next time.
posted by kanata at 8:48 AM on April 6


Well holy smokes. This is an excellent post. Going down Rabbit Hole of research now. (Nature is cool)
posted by pipoquinha at 10:08 AM on April 6


No Grey Gardens reference?
posted by me3dia at 11:47 AM on April 6


Leucophyllum minus, Big Bend Barometer bush
This one is my favorite. No care, no watering, occasionally blooms before rain, it's not as a great a predictor as advertised. And the pink/purple flowers are so cool. And it's good to zone 6, and points even farther north in my opinion, as days of 0F, howling wind, ice, and snow have done nothing to mine.
posted by The_Vegetables at 12:46 PM on April 6 [1 favorite]


Lovely!
This is a wonderful resource.
posted by BlueHorse at 8:03 PM on April 6


Lavender, sage, rosemary and thyme.
posted by TrishaU at 1:17 AM on April 7


o/` All the leaves are grey, and the sky is brown o/`
posted by I-Write-Essays at 1:32 AM on April 7 [1 favorite]


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