Common Sensitive Plant | Shameplant

Why touch me not plant closes? 

Animals have tend self-defence, plants have also a tendency to self-defence. And today we will learn about such plant shameplant

It is a sensitive plant and it has the highest sensitivity compared to other plants.

This plant is native to Brazil, The Caribbean, South and central America, Hawaii,  Puerto Rico and then move to the Asia and many pacific island. In India and South Asia, it is also known as 'touch me not plant'. 


Shameplant Classification


Most of the Mimosa plants have poisonous roots. So when you use these roots for medicinal purposes first ask the experts.


Young Mimosa has erect stems that transform to 5-feet long creeping or trailing stems.


The leaves of the plant are thin like tamarind leaves. Most of the mimosa species have bi-pinnate types of leaves. 

Leaves have tiny hairs on the surface.

This plant folding its leaves when we touch the leaves of the plant. Its leaves cannot withstand the touch of anything. 

Shameplant Leaves

The leaves of the mimosa pudica closes at night and reopen in the morning. Mimosa closes as soon as it touches the leaves, hence it is called 'touch me not plant'. 


Mimosa flowers are yellow, blue, or pink. In this plant flowering can last for about 1 to 2 days only.

Shameplant Flowers


It consists of 2 to 8 pods, and each pod holds brown seeds.


Mimosa Pudica seeds are brown, and it is 2mm in diameter, and the shape is spherical and round.

Now we will talk about the most asked question on quora, google, Bing, yahoo etc that Why touch me not plant closes ?

Why touch me not plant closes when anything touches?

The leaves of this plant contain particular types of cells. So that when anything touches the leaves, the potassium and chloride ions in these specific cells are released. And then the water pressure in the leaves increases.  This causes the leaves of the shameplant to close. Now you understand that why touch me not plant closes? 

Is it Poisonous?

No. It is non-poisonous plant for humans according to University of California, Safe and Poisonous Garden Plants.

Common Name of Mimosa pudica plant

Sensitive plant, 
sleepy plant, 
action plant, 
common sensitive plant,
zombie plant, 
shy plant, 
sleeping grass,
Sensitive Grass 
Shame Bush
Shame Face
Shame Lady
Shame Weed 
Herbe Sensible
Humble Plant
Mori Vivi
Pope Haavare 
Trompe la Mort etc.

‘Touch me not plant’ contains nitrogen fixation bacteria. So it is convert atmospheric nitrogen. 

Shame plant has several natural predators, such as the spider mite and mimosa webworm. 

Mimosa Pudica is invasive species.

Mimosa Pudica Medicinal Uses

  • Mimosa leeches are very useful when coughing.
  • Very useful for people who have a problem with piles.
  • Very useful for people who have excessive bleeding.
  • Useful for body muscles.
  • This plant is helpful for remove goiter or tumors.
  • This plant is also useful for people who have tonsils.
  • It is useful for diabetes patients.
  • This plant is beneficial when there are stones and especially when stones in the kidneys.
  • Very useful when there is swelling or tumor in the body.
  • It is handy for quick healing of wounds in the body.
  • This herb is useful for people who have excessive urination.
  • This plant has become very useful for the research of scientists.


The main disadvantage is sometimes it is a source of trouble for farmers as it harms other plants in the field. So If the mimosa is in tree form, remove and destroy the trees by burning.

Care of Mimosa Pudica 

Mimosa Pudica is an indoor or outdoor plant. You can grow anywhere, and you can also do propagation in this plant.

Where to Grow Plant
You can grow this plant in a pot or any open space.
Plant Height
The height of the Mimosa plant is usually about one and a half meters (20 to 40 feet).
Soil Type
You can use loamy soil, perlite, peat moss, or sand.
Mimosa needs a lot of light but not only light but also shade. So it is grown in a place where both light and shadow come. And do not grow under the high light.
Mimosa is a moisture plant. It means this plant needs more water but not too much that the plant should die. When growing plants of Mimosa it is necessary to moisten the soil and water it once in 2 days.
The best temperature for these plants is 15℃ to 30℃.
There is an important role of potassium ions in shameplant (during leaves closes). So this plant prefers potassium fertilizer.


Mimosa Pudica is a fascinating plant. It is well known for the speciality of its leaves, and that's why this plant is favourite for children.

Suppose you are beginners for learning how to growing plant. Then shameplant is the best option to start to learn. Because in this plant no more maintenance. 

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