The Kew Collection for Kids: Sensitive plant Mimosa pudica
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- Greenhouse Annual
- Grow under well ventilated and sunny conditions.
Specially selected by The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew especially for children (of all ages!).
The Sensitive Plant is so called because the leaflets fold up in a most spectacular manner when touched or blown by the wind. Run your hand over the plant and the leaves will fold up and the leaf stalk will drop as if on a hinge. The movements are quickest with young plants in bright sunshine. They return to their normal condition in a few minutes.
Take care not to overwater and give the occasional liquid feed. Discard plants in the autumn as they are not easy to overwinter.