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Mimosa Pudica (Sensitive Plant)
Mimosa pudica, known as sensitive plant, is fascinating to children and adults alike because its leaves quickly fold up when touched or exposed to heat, returning to normal after a few minutes. It is most sensitive in full sun. Pudica follows the common mimosa form with attractive pink pom pom flowers. Although it may survive as a perennial in its native Brazil it is typically grown as an annual in cultivation and makes a good potted plant. Reaching 12” in height, pudica has reportedly been grown both indoors and out. It is also said to have various medicinal properties that are employed in Ayurvedic medicine. It is also reportedly being studied by pharmaceutical companies for uses such as hair replacement and nerve regeneration.
Growing Information: For best results, peel off the outer seed husk. Then nick or file the seed coat and soak overnight in near boiling water. Plant 1/8” deep in a fertile well-drained soil. Keep soil damp and warm (about 75 – 80 degrees F). Germination can take 30 days or more. Transplant the seedlings into pots when they are established and provide full sun. Soil should be fertile, well-draining and fertilized occasionally.