Plant a Menagerie for Kids

If we want to share our love of gardening with the kids in our lives, we need to give them something fun to remember. Tickle their fancy with plants named after the animals they resemble – in a pot, in a plot or as a secret to share. 

  • Bat-faced cuphea (Cuphea llavea)
  • Lamb’s ears (Stachys byzantina)
  • Elephant ears (Colocasia)
  • Turtlehead (Chelone)
  • Toad lily (Tricyrtis hirta)
  • Flamingo feather (Celosia spicata)
  • Hens and chicks (Sempervivum)
  • Cat’s whiskers (Orthosiphon aristatus)
  • Pussytoes (Antennaria)
  • Pussy willows (Salix discolor)
  • Donkey tail spurge (Euphorbia myrsinites)
  • Silver ponyfoot (Dichondra ‘Silver Falls’)
  • Ostrich fern (Matteuccia struthiopteris)
  • Guinea hen flower (Fritillaria meleagris)
  • Pigsqueak (Bergenia cordifolia)

Can you think of more animals to plant?