The Encyclopedia of House Plants

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Family: Fabaceae.

Mimosa pudica Common name(s): Sensitive Plant, Humble plant
Mimosa Genus of about 400 species of annuals, evergreen perennials, shrubs, and small trees, from forest to dry savanna in tropical regions worldwide. Mimosa folds up its leaves when touched or exposed to a flame. At night the leaves fold naturally. The plant requires a medium light exposure, an evenly moist soil, and temperatures between 60 and 85 F. Use caution when handling seedlings as the plant dislikes root disturbance. Mimosa may be difficult to grow and is sensitive to over-watering. The ball-like pink flower-heads appears during the summer months.
Growing conditions Watering and misting Propagation
Warm - minimum 60F in winter. As much light as possible. Shade from hot sun. Grow in soil-based potting mix. Keep compost moist at all times - reduce watering in winter. Mist leaves frequently. Sow seedat 64-75 F (18-24 C) in spring. Root softwood cuttings with bottom heat in early summer.

User-submitted additions and corrections:

Samantha Cooke
United States
1st Dec 2007
Please add the common name TickleMe Plant as this is used most often by children and sold in stores and most science catalogs and all over the web as such. My children at school all use this name.
8th Sep 2011
it is called as TOUCH-ME-NOT here in these region-and naturally it is a sensational one for children especially!
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