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Mimosa pudica (Sensitive Plant) Sheffield's Seed Co., Inc.
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Mimosa pudica

Bashful Mimosa, Humble Plant, Lajjalu, Sensitive Plant, Shameplant, Shy Plant, Sleeping Grass, Touch-Me-Not

In Stock: 44.314 lb (Total:44.314lb)
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Growing Info

Scarification: Pour boiling water over seed , let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Mimosa pudica, also known as the Bashful Mimosa, Humble Plant, Lajjalu, Sensitive Plant, Shameplant, Shy Plant, Sleeping Grass, or Touch-Me-Not, is an attractive plant with small pink flowers that is grown mostly as a curiosity. The compound leaflets fold up promptly along the midrib when touched, making for a fascinating sight. Native to the tropics, this plant can be grown as an annual in cold areas. The stem is erect in young plants, but becomes creeping or trailing with age, and is often found in undisturbed shady areas, under trees or shrubs. Interestingly, aqueous extracts of the roots of the plant have shown significant neutralizing effects in the lethality of the venom of the monocled cobra. Mimosa pudica is well known for its rapid plant movement, as it closes its foliage during darkness and reopens in light, and also closes when stimulated in other ways such as touching, warming, blowing, and shaking. This trait is believed to be a defense mechanism to disincentivize predators. Mimosa pudica is a tetraploid, and its roots create carbon disulfide that prevents certain pathogenic and mycorrhizal fungi from growing within the plant’s rhizosphere. It also allows the formation of nodules on the roots of the plant that contain endosymbiotic diazotrophs, which convert atmospheric nitrogen into a form that is usable by the plant. Although an invasive species in some regions, Mimosa pudica is still adored by many for its unique characteristics and beauty.

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