This plant, found growing in Southern Italy, actually moves. It’s difficult to resist gently touching the leaves and watching them fold up in front of your very eyes. It’s thought the plant does this to look unappetising by ‘playing dead’ to protect itself from grazing animals. The leaves recover and perk up after about an hour. Try not to prod it too much! With a profusion of pale pink pom-pom shaped flowers, it is grown purely as an ornamental. Its Latin name, pudica,means ‘shy, bashful or shrinking’. Seeds from Franchi. Seven sown into individual coir pots.
Family Name: Leguminosae/Fabaceae
Seed Catalogue No.: 871
English Name(s): Sensitive Plant
Hardiness: Half Hardy
Suitable for: Baskets & Containers