Mimosa Pudica 'Sensitive' Plant 4"
Mimosa pudica 4"
From the Latin word pudica meaning shy, bashful or shrinking.
Also called sensitive plant, sleepy plant, action plant, touch-me-not, shameplant.
This beauty is a creeping annual or perennial flowering plant of the pea/legume family Fabaceae.
While it is most commonly grown indoors as a houseplant, Mimosa pudica can be grown outdoors in warmer areas.
It prefers a temperature of 65 to 75 F.
It is often grown for its curiosity value.
The compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm, and re-open a few minutes later.
Well known for its rapid plant movement.
Like a number of other plant species, it undergoes changes in leaf orientation termed "sleep" or nyctinastic movement.
The foliage closes during darkness and reopens in light.
Due to Mimosa's unique response to touch, it became an ideal plant for many experiments regarding plant habituation and memory.
A pudica possesses antibacterial, antivenom, antifertility, anticonvulsant, antidepressant, aphrodisiac, and various other pharmacological activities.
The herb has been used traditionally for ages, in the treatment of urogenital disorders, piles, dysentery, sinus, and also applied on wounds.
Moist and humid is the way to go with Mimosa pudica.
It thrives in high humidity, and likes its soil to be constantly damp, but not soggy.
Place your plant near a humidifier if you have one, or mist regularly with a spray bottle, and make sure you water regularly to prevent the soil drying out.
Sensitive plants are not shade-tolerant plants.
They require at least 8 hours of daylight and can tolerate full sun to partial shade.
Place the plant directly in front or beside a bright sunny window.
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