Sensitive plant mimosa pudica produces pink mimosa like pompom flowers in mid summer and can also be grown in a container. The compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken defending themselves from harm and re open a few minutes later.
Mimosa pudica is native to south america but has become a pan tropical weed.
Mimosa pudica plant profile. Mimosaceae also referred to as touch me not live and die shame plant and humble plant is a prostrate or semi erect subshrub of tropical america and australia also found in. Mimosa pudica has become a pest in forest plantations cropland orchards and pasture. Also called sensitive plant sleepy plant action plant touch me not shameplant is a creeping annual or perennial flowering plant of the pea legume family fabaceae and magnoliopsida taxon often grown for its curiosity value.
Mimosa pudica from latin. It was introduced to many countries as an ornamental plant and is still widely available for sale. Pudica shy bashful or shrinking.
A favorite feature of a child s garden the unusual leaves fold together when touched. Mimosa pudica is used as a medicinal plant in many regions. The mimosa pudica plant has been grown as a curiosity for centuries and was included in many early 19th century seed lists.
G also referred to as touch me not live and die shame plant and humble plant is a prostrate or semi erect subshrub of tropical america and australia also found in india heavily armed with recurved thorns and having sensitive soft grey green leaflets that fold and droop at night or when touched and cooled. Tiny hairs line the leaves of a sensitive plant and these hairs are extremely responsive to touch temperature and motion. These unique bending movements have earned it a status of curiosity plant.
Native to the tropics of central and south america mimosa pudica is a species of creeping herb or shrub that is commonly referred to as the sensitive plant due to the intriguing movement of its leaves. The plants database includes the following 2 subspecies of mimosa pudica click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles.