Wildflowers: Touch-me-nots

Touch-me-nots ~ Pokok semalu

Mimosa pudica

A creeping plant from the pea flower family. Its leaves respond to touch by drooping or closing up in defense. Each leaf is a compound leaf made up of many leaflets. Its flowers are purple-pink, ball-shaped and form clusters at the ends of stalks. It produces pods which bear seeds.

Status: Least concern, Introduced (Central and South America)

Habit: Annual

Cultivation: Planted by seeds or transplanting

Ecological Function: Attracts pollinators, nitrogen fixer

Pollinators: Large bees, small bees, butterflies

Soil: Loam, organic soils

Moisture: Moist soil

Shade: Partial shade, no shade