Daily Archives: 12th June

Mimosa pudica

This is my new favourite thing, a plant my Dad gave me called Mimosa pudica.


M. pudica is also known as the “sensitive plant” or “touch-me-not” because it reacts to touch. When touched its leaflets quickly close up.


Nobody’s really sure why M. pudica has evolved this response. It exhibits the same behaviour at sunset, reopening its leaflets in at sunrise the next morning.