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Sensitive Plant Seeds - Climbing Annual or Evergreen Perennial (Zones 9-12)
Mimosa pudica


*  Common Names = Sensitive Plant / Touch-Me-Not / Lajwanti (Ayurvedic) / Shame Plant / Makahiva / Humble Plant
*  Flowering plant in the Pea/Legume family (Fabaceae)
*  Pudica epithet means "bashful" or "shrinking"
*  Leaves fold inward when touched/shaken, and then reopen a few minutes later.
*  At night, the leaves close together and open up again in the morning.
*  Thrives in poor soil and is commonly used as a groundcover crop.
*  Plants extract heavy metals Copper, Lead, Tin and Zinc from polluted soil, allowing the soil to return to less toxic composition
*  An oil similar to soybean oil is obtained from the seeds.
*  Pastes are made from the roots to heal snake bites and scorpion stings
*  Decoctions and tinctures from the whole plant are used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
*  Used in many cultures to ease muscle pain and improve liver function.

Life Cycle:  Annual or Perennial Shrub (Zones 9-12)
Height:  18-24"
Max Width:  18"
USDA Zone:  9-12  (unless grown indoors)
Light:  Full Sun
Harvest:  180 days

1.  Pour near-boiling water over seeds and soak for 24 hours. Sow seeds 1/4" deep in small pots or flats with moistened seed-starting mix. Spritz with water to settle into soil.
2.  Place in warm indirect sunlight and keep soil moist. A heating mat will improve germination rate, as seeds need warm temperatures. to sprout. Germination will occur in 14-21 days. 
3.  Resize into bigger pots as needed. Transplant 4” tall seedlings 12” apart after last frost. Protect young plants during the first few winters.


*** Plants have long roots, so make sure they have plenty of room to spread.

Sensitive Plant Seeds - Mimosa pudica

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