Mimosa Pudica

Carnivorous Plants

Meet the Touch-Me-Not Plant!

Mimosa pudica, also known as the sensitive plant, is a fascinating plant that belongs to the pea family. This plant is known for its unique ability to react to touch and other stimuli, such as heat or vibration, by folding its leaves inward and drooping its stem. It is native to Central and South America but can now be found in many parts of the world, including Asia, Africa, and Australia.


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Touch-Me-Not Plant Characteristics

Mimosa pudica is a small plant that typically grows to about 30-50 centimeters in height. Its leaves are compound, which means that they are made up of multiple leaflets that are arranged along a central stem.
The leaflets are small, about 1-2 centimeters long, and oval-shaped with pointed tips. The plant’s stem is thin and has small thorns that run along its length.
The plant’s flowers are pink or purple and are shaped like tiny balls. They are about 1 centimeter in diameter and grow in clusters on the plant’s stems. The plant produces small pods that contain seeds, which are dispersed by animals or the wind.

Touch-Me-Not (Mimosa Pudica)

Interesting Facts

Mimosa pudica has been used in traditional medicine for centuries to treat various ailments. The plant is believed to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antispasmodic properties, making it useful for treating conditions such as asthma, diarrhea, and skin conditions.

In addition to its medicinal uses, Mimosa pudica is also used for its aesthetic value. The plant’s unique reaction to touch and other stimuli makes it a popular choice for ornamental gardens and as a houseplant.
Though sundews are found around the world, different species can vary widely. Some have rounder, rosette-like leaves that grow close to the ground, while others have longer octopus-like tentacles that grow more upright.

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Caring for The Touch-Me-Not Plant

Treat your Mimosa Pudica like the star that she is and she’ll happily keep you entertained with her leaf folding antics! Here are a few steps you can take to help this sensitive plant thrive in its new home.

  • Transplanting: Before transferring your plant into its new pot or into your garden, give it a good watering the day before – this will help its roots take to the new soil. Avoid over-handling the root ball as you transfer the plant – it is sensitive to touch after all!
  • Light: The Touch Me Not Plant loves bright light, and ideally a mix of sun and shade. Choose a location that gets morning or evening light – eastern or western exposure is perfect. Just be sure to avoid areas that are either extremely dark or excessively bright.
  • Watering: Mimosa Pudica thrives in soil that is consistently moist. When the top layer of soil dries out, give it a good drink of water – but down drown it! If you’re potting your plant, choose a pot with good drainage, and try not to let the pot sit in a tray full of water.
  • Fertilisation: Fertilising isn’t strictly required, but a high potassium fertiliser (like tomato plant fertiliser) given in small doses every two weeks during spring and summer will help its flowers last longer, and provide an energy boost for its leaf movements.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Do Carnivorous Plants Need Fertilizer?

Carnivorous plants generally don’t need to be fertilised as they obtain these nutrients from their prey.

What's the best spot to put my plant?

A sunny windowsill or outside in the sun will keep your carnivorous plant super happy & healthy.

How Often Should I Water My Plant?

Carnivorous plants love water and should not be left to dry out, check the soil, it should be moist but not wet before watering again. Carnivorous plants can be sensitive to minerals in tap water, so they prefer distilled or rainwater

Do Carnivorous Plants Need Fertilizer?

Carnivorous plants generally don’t need to be fertilised as they obtain these nutrients from their prey.

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