Mimosa pudica (also known as sensitive plant or the touch-me-not plant) is a creeping annual or perennial herb. It belongs to the mimosaceae plant family, together with plants such as acacia and wisteria.
The sensitive plant
Found natively in South America, the mimosa pudica plant has now spread around the world. This herb has also become naturalized in North America where it can be usullly be found growing in moist and humid areas.
Mimosa pudica often grows best under warm conditions in sunlight or semi-shade. It is not particularly fast growing but spreads readily by self-seeding. The herb has a creeping rootstock from which delicate vining stems emerge. On the stems are alternate pinnate leaves with pairs of small leaflets and long, sensitive reddish-pink 'hairs' at the leaf base. When touched or shaken, the leaves fold up and droop until they resemble a ball. This is why it is also known as touch-me-not. This response may be to protect the delicate leaflets or to deter larger potential predators. It usually reverts to its original form after about an hour, but it may take up to three hours before it unfolds completely.
Mimosa pudica opens its leaves at night and also when the temperature is low or when it rains. It is an effective scavenger. The leaflets collect dew and other condensed moisture from the air and may also get moisture from ground fog which rolls in at night. This droplets provide the plant with a refreshing drink to help it survive heat, drought and strong sunlight. Mimosa pudica has sensitive pink roots that sense humidity.
At time, mimosa pudica can be used in organic gardening for controlling soil erosion by preventing soil run-off when planted on slopes. It also enriches the soil by helping to fix nitrogen into its roots.
The extracts from Mimosa pudica have also been found to have some antioxidant properties. Findings have found than their antioxidant activity may be greater than that the one found in green tea or vitamin C.
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How to grow mimosa pudica
For those interested to grow mimosa pudica at home, let's explain some gardening techniques as well. Mimosa pudica thrives in well-drained soil which is alkaline, acidic or neutral. It tolerates clear shade but benefits from semi-shade and some protection from the midday sun. The seeds are very fine and should be sown immediately on receipt. Sow the seeds into a sunny position in moist, not wet, soil at a depth of about 2 cm. Ensure that the compost is free-draining before planting out seedlings because they have very sensitive root systems which easily become waterlogged. Water regularly until plants are established but take care not to get the leaves wet because this causes them to fold up.
Mimosa pudica is propagated by stem cuttings in late spring or summer. Take a 6-inch cutting from the tip of the youngest growth and remove lower leaves at an angle so that they will not be lost when inserting into compost.
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