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Care of the plant Mimosa pudica or Shameplant.

Care of the plant Mimosa pudica or Shameplant

The genus Mimosa, family Fabaceae, comprises 400 species of herbaceous plants and shrubs native to tropical and subtropical regions of both hemispheres. Some species are: Mimosa pudica, Mimosa scabrella, Mimosa caesalpiniaefolia, Mimosa aculeaticarpa, Mimosa borealis.

Common names: Sensitive plant, Shameplant, Action plant, Sleepy plant, Zombie plant. This species is native to South and Central America.

They are perennial herbaceous plants that reach 50 cm (19.68") in height; they do not usually live more than 5 years. The interesting thing about this plant is the ability to fold the leaves when they touch; it's a defense mechanism to make it appear to be dull and to prevent the evaporation of water. These mobile leaves are bipinnate and compound, fern-like. The flowers are small and pink or purple. They bloom in summer.

They are used as indoor plants, away from smoke (tobacco) and drafts; outdoors they are used as climbing plants (they need supports).

Mimosa pudica needs a semi-shade exposure with 6 hours of sun a day. They do not resist temperatures below 11 ºC (51.8 ºF).

The soil must be well drained and contain organic matter. They need large pots because the roots grow long.

Water frequently so that the substrate does not dry out completely but never water.

They do not need fertilizers or pruning.

They are resistant to pests but it's important not to touch the leaves at all times because the plant uses a lot of energy to fold the leaves.

They propagate by seeds sown in late winter or by cuttings.

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Mimosa pudica
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Mimosa pudica