Plant Lust::Mimosa pudica

one of my 7 Heavenly Lusts

Mimosa pudica
Sensitive Plant

Tender perennial. Originally native to Central and South America, Mimosa pudica is considered invasive and can be found growing in North America and certain areas of Asia and Australia.

From Latin: pudica “shy, bashful or shrinking”, so named because of the way the plant reacts to contact or movement: the leaves fold inward and droop when touched, shaken, or even blown on; although constant shrinking of its leaves will weaken the plant. Scientists think Mimosa pudica developed this ability as a defense against being eaten.

Mimosa pudica produces small, pink, powder-puff like flowers in the Summer, although indoors it may not bloom at all.

Average room temps
Bright light (some AM sun OK)
Consistently moist (but not soggy) soil
High humidity
Well-draining potting soil
Spring-Summer, feed every 2 weeks with a high-potassium liquid fertilizer diluted by half
Prune regularly to keep it from getting too “leggy”
Propagate by stem cuttings or from seed

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Mimosa pudica is considered poisonous and should be kept away from pets and children. Wash your hands after handling the plant.

Mimosa pudica Care

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