Mimosa (Sensitive Plant)
Native to the tropics of Central and South America, mimosa pudica is a species of creeping herb or shrub that is commonly referred to as the “sensitive plant” due to the intriguing movement of its leaves. Tiny hairs line the leaves of a sensitive plant, and these hairs are extremely responsive to touch, temperature, and motion. At the slightest touch, the small leaflets of a sensitive plant will fold inwards. This response to stimulation is a part of the sensitive plant’s natural defense mechanism. Sensitive plants make great houseplants and are generally low-maintenance. They are characterized by delicate, fern-like leaves and light purple flowers that resemble small pom-poms. Young plants grow upwards, but over time develop more of a creeping habit.