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Sensitive Plant

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: 
Zone 1, Zone 2, Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
West Lawn
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Aug 17 to 2001 Oct 42002 Jul 12 to 2002 Oct 92003 Jul 25 to 2003 Oct 92004 Sep 10 to 2004 Oct 262005 Jul 20 to 2005 Oct 252006 Aug 1 to 2006 Oct 272007 Aug 16 to 2007 Sep 282008 Aug 1 to 2008 Oct 312009 Aug 4 to 2009 Oct 62010 Aug 31 to 2010 Nov 12011 Aug 16 to 2011 Oct 132012 Aug 7 to 2012 Oct 12013 Aug 21 to 2013 Oct 102014 Aug 6 to 2014 Sep 122015 Jul 28
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