Mimosa pudica

The leaves of this plant fold up when touched.

Scientific classification:

Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Angiosperms
Class: Eudicots
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Genus: Mimosa
Species: pudica


Natural habitat and growing conditions:

Growing as a scrambling groundcover in tropical and subtropical regions, this species is native to South America and Central America. The Mimosa Pudica plant requires regular water, warm conditions, and very bright light to be happy.

Notes of interest:

  • The leaflets fold up and the petiole (leaf stem) will droop the whole leaf when touched, taking only 1-2 seconds to fully close.
  • The leaves fold up at night or during drought conditions as well.
  • Mimosa are nitrogen-fixing plants-- they have special root nodules that house nitrogen-fixing bacteria able to convert atmospheric nitrogen into fertilizer for the plant.
  • The flowers resemble pink pom-poms and are produced prolifically under our LED grow lights.