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Podcast: Let's Argue About Plants

Episode 67: Plants for Kids

Video by Danielle Sherry & Steve Aitken, Edited by Kara Demos

This episode was inspired by a loyal listener, Elizabeth, who reached out to us and asked for help. She has a 10-month old son and she wanted recommendations for plants that might foster a love and curiosity for the outdoors in her child (once he can walk, of course). So, we accepted the challenge and dug deep into our own childhood memories—and more recent experiences from the kids in our lives—to come up with a list of plants that are sure to delight little ones.  Some of our picks smell good, some taste good, and some are great host plants that will attract caterpillars—and who doesn’t love discovering a cool-looking caterpillar? Listen now and you’re sure to come away with a few plants that kids of all ages (even 60-year-old kids) will enjoy.

Expert testimony: David Vaughn, curator for “My Big Backyard,” the children’s garden at the Memphis Botanic Garden in Tennessee. 

DANIELLE’S PLANTS

‘Empress of India’ nasturtium (Tropaeolum majus ‘Empress of India’, annual)

Chenille plant (Acalypha hispida, Zones 9-11)

‘Artemis’ silver sage (Salvia argentea ‘Artemis’, Zones 5-8)

Curly parsley (Petroselinum crispum var. crispum, annual)

 

STEVE’S PLANTS

Lambs ears (Stachys byzantina, Zones 4-8)

‘Sun Gold’ cherry tomatoes

Aloe (Aloe vera, Zones 8-11)

Jewelweed (Impatiens capensis, annual)

 

'Artemis' silver sage
‘Artemis’ silver sage
Chenille plant
Chenille plant
Curly parsley
Curly parsley
‘Empress of India’ nasturtium
‘Empress of India’ nasturtium
Jewelweed (credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Jewelweed (credit: Wikimedia Commons)
Lambs ears
Lambs ears
‘Sun Gold’ cherry tomatoes
‘Sun Gold’ cherry tomatoes

 


EXPERT TESTIMONY PLANTS

Sensitive plant (Mimosa pudica, Zones 9-11)

Yellow pitcher plant (Sarracenia flava, Zones 6-10)

Hardy banana (Musa basjoo, Zones 5-11)

Holy basil (Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum, annual)

Common cockscomb (Celosia argentea var. cristata, annual)

 

 

Common cockscomb
Common cockscomb
Hardy banana
Hardy banana
Holy basil (Credit: Wikimedia Commons_Judgefloro)
Holy basil (Credit: Wikimedia Commons_Judgefloro)
Sensitive plant
Sensitive plant
Yellow pitcher plant (Credit: Wikimedia Commons_Mx. Granger)
Yellow pitcher plant (Credit: Wikimedia Commons_Mx. Granger)

 

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