Meaning of velvet plant

vel'vet plant"

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a composite plant, Gynura aurantiaca, native to the Old World tropics, having leaves and stems covered with dense, velvety, purple hairs and often cultivated as a houseplant. Cf.
  2. the common mullein, Verbascum thapsus.
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