Touch Me Not
Touch Me Not
The 'Touch me not is grown as an ornamental plantindoors as well as in the garden for its beautiful foliage that looks like fern, and its flowers that look like fluffy balls. But the most striking feature ofmimosa pudica is its ability to fold its leaves when touched!
The whole plant of Mimosa pudica includes thorny stem and branches, flower head, dry flowers, seed pods, and folded and unfolded leaflets, and although atropical creeper, itgrows happily indoors in winter.
Scientific Name:Mimosa pudica
Common/Other Names:sensitive plant, sleepy plant, action plant, Dormilones, touch-me-not, shameplant, zombie plant, shy plant, lajjalu, chui mui,amourette herbe, herbe sensible, pinahuixtle, quecupatli, mori vivi
Flower Colours: pink
Bloom Time: summer
Maximum Reachable Height:3 to 5 inches
Difficulty to Grow: easy to grow
Care: move the plant indoors if it get very cold outside
Sunlight: grows best in full sun but will tolerate partial shade
Soil: low-nutrient/ordinary but well-drained; grows much better in fertile soil
Water:Water regularly when plant is in active growth, butwithhold or reduce watering in winter.
Fertilize the plant with any all-purpose liquid fertilizer once in a month in summers.
Application of compost in spring is also helpful in healthy growth of plant.
Precautions: do not move or touch/shake/disturb the plant too often
Culinary Use: NA
Ornamental Use: The flowers and foliage are very attractive, and the leaves fold when touched and re-open on their own after a few minutes.
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