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Mimosa pudica, Mimosa strigillosa, Sensitive Plant

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Mimosa pudica, Mimosa strigillosa
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Sensitive Plant
Origin: Tropical America
Groundcover and low-growing 2ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterPink flowersAttracts butterflies, hummingbirds

It is a fun plant to grow. The leaves fold up when touched. If touched with a bit more force, the petioles will also bend at their pulvinis and the leaves droop. These movements are called seismonastic movements (reaction to physical shock). At night, the leaves will also fold and bend in movements known as nyctonastic movements (reaction to absence of light). The plant flowers in mid to late summer. The flowers are globe shaped, about 1" across. Mimosa pudica needs full sun to partial shade, with a rich moist soil. We use a soil mix consisting of 2 parts peat moss to 2 parts loam to 1 part sand or perlite. The soil should be kept evenly moist but not saturated. During the growing season, the plant are fertilized on a weekly basis with a balanced fertilizer diluted to 1/2 the strength recommended on the label. During the winter months, fertilize on a monthly basis. Winter temperatures should not fall below 65F; if they do get chilled, then the plant suffers with yellowing of leaves and stems. Propagation: Mimosa pudica is propagated from seed. Seed will germinate in 14 to 21 days at 70F.

Close related species - Mimosa strigillosa that is also used as a ground cover.

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Elin Sand
Keaau, Hawaii
USDA Zone:11
23 Jun 2009
Mimosa pudica is a TERRIBLE weed in Hawaii. It should certainly never be planted here and its sale should be banned throughout and to the tropics. It is painfully thorny, very deep rooted, sends out long runners which also root and sets seed profusely.

No ecologically responsible company would make this plant available for sale. You should remove it from your catalog, or better still keep your pictures, take the seeds off the market and advise everyone that it is an awful invasive weed which should NEVER be planted.

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Mimosa pudica (strigillosa) - Sensitive Plant

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Mimosa pudica - seeds

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