What you have sounds like lamb's ears. I've seen it growing before
in cool, mountainous areas. It likes to be pretty cool and dry. The
hairs serve the purpose of moisture retention and to make it a little
more wind/temperature proof.
Another posibility is that it could be dusty miller, a common plant
found at nurseries.
Sorry, I couldn't be more specific with latin names, etc., but maybe
this will start you looking in the right direction.
shell106 at juno.com
Luc Pycke wrote:
> Hi all,
>> I really need some help with a small plant that I brought
> home from Tenerife. It seems that I won't be able to grow
> it here afterall, but I'd really like to know what it is
> before it dies <snif>. Perhaps if I had more information
> about it I would be able to keep it alive.
>> It is the whitest, downiest, softest and most curious plant
> I have ever seen, because every single part of it is very
> densely covered with white soft hairs. It almost looks as if
> it's entirely made of white felt. I have spent a whole afternoon
> in the library trying to find more info about it, but that's pretty
> hard if you don't have any clue about the name! I also looked
> in several bookstores for a book that someone recommended to
> me, but I couldn't find it.
>> I have scanned the plant and I'll gladly post the scan here
> if that's allowed in this newsgroup.
>> Thank you for any help,