Thomas Jefferson planted seeds of Sensitive Plant in an oval flower bed at Monticello on March 22, 1811. Sensitive Plant has been grown as a curiosity for centuries, and was included in many early 19th-century seed lists. A favorite feature of a child's garden, the unusual leaves fold together when touched. The plants produce pink, mimosa-like, pompom flowers in mid-summer and can also be grown in a container. Jefferson-documented: This plant was documented by Thomas Jefferson in his Garden Book, Notes on the State of Virginia, or other writings.
Start seeds indoors 6-8 weeks before last frost at 70 degrees F. Soak the seeds in hot water for 20 minutes before sowing. Transplant to 3" pots once they have several true leaves, then harden off and transplant outdoors after last frost. Approximately 25-30 seeds per packet.
|Exposure||Planting Method||Planting Depth||Plant Spacing||Size at Maturity||Zone|
|Full Sun to Light Shade||Transplant||1/8"||15" apart||12"H||Tender Annual|