Seeds of the Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica) were first planted in an oval flower bed at Monticello on March 22, 1811. This variety 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.
Native Distribution: Caribbean, Latin America
Start mimosa pudica 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 mimosa pudica seeds per packet.
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