English name:Sensitive Plant
Latin name:Mimosa Pudica
About me:I'm famous for my shy sensibility. If you run your fingers along my leaves, they'll clam up, bashfully. To look after me well, keep me in a warm, humid atmosphere with plenty of light. I like my soil to be moist, but I need this moisture to be paired with heat.
Useful to know:
Tropical Central and South America.
I can grow up to 18 inches tall, and I'll bush out if you prune me.
I really like light so find me a sunny spot and leave me there. Make sure it's not next to a draughty window though.
As long as I'm in a warm environment, I like my soil to be moist, but don't let me sit in water.
I like it hot! Temperatures of above 21 degrees are ideal but I can tolerate temperatures down to 13 degrees.
I like a balanced fertilizer every two weeks throughout the spring and summer. During the winter months feeding me once a month is enough.
If I'm getting tall and gangly, you can prune my overhanging bits with sharp shears and I should bush out.
I like humidity, which you can simulate by misting my leaves or popping me on a pebble tray. I want to be reminded of my tropical home.
I'm best kept away from children and pets.
I'm used in pharmaceuticals to treat conditions such as asthma, inflammation and even leprosy!