Sensitive Plant

Mimosa pudica

[mimosa_pudica]

Jefferson planted seeds of the Sensitive Plant, a tender annual, at Shadwell in 1767 and in a Monticello oval bed in 1811. The Sensitive Plant has been a favorite curiosity of gardeners for centuries, and was included in many early nineteenth-century seed lists. The one-foot-high plants produce pink, mimosa-like, pompom flowers in mid-summer. A favorite feature of a child's garden, the unusual leaves of the Sensitive Plant curl up to the touch.

Growth Type: Annual Color(s): Pink Hardiness Zones: 1 - 10 Location at Monticello: West Lawn Planting Conditions: Full Sun Map it: 38.009819,-78.452953

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Blooming Dates 2001: Aug 17 – Oct 42002: Jul 12 – Oct 92003: Jul 25 – Oct 92004: Sep 10 – Oct 262005: Jul 20 – Oct 252006: Aug 1 – Oct 272007: Aug 16 – Sep 282008: Aug 1 – Oct 312009: Aug 4 – Oct 62010: Aug 31 – Nov 12011: Aug 16 – Oct 132012: Aug 7 – Oct 12013: Aug 21 – Oct 102014: Aug 6 – Sep 12