Don’t Touch Me Plant: The Unique and Mysterious Memosa Shameful Flower

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The Memosa shameful flower is a unique and mysterious plant that can be found in tropical regions all over the world. This plant gets its name from the fact that it doesn’t like to be touched; if you touch it, it will close up its petals. The Memosa shameful flower has a long history of being used in traditional medicine; it is believed to have healing properties that can treat a variety of illnesses.

Other names for the plant

Other names for the plant
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These include the tromp plant, the sensitive plant, the bashful flower, and the sleepy plant. The bashful flower Memosa is a member of the legume family, which also includes peas and beans. These are the names most commonly used in the United Kingdom and also in Canada, while in the United States more commonly used is mimosa bashful or plant don’t touch me.

What kind of plant is a mimosa bashful?

This plant is known for its shy leaves and flowers. Typically, the mimosa bashful has small flowers that look like a fluffy ball of small diameter. The flowers can be pink, white, purple, lilac and with other shades predominating. The leaves themselves of the plant are short, elongated with a characteristic rounded tip. When these leaves are touched, they begin to curl inward toward the stem.

What kind of plant is a mimosa bashful?
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Memosa ashamedica itself is most commonly found in the tropics and Central and South America and has developed its sensitivity in a tough survival environment. In this way, the plant tries to drive away parasitic insects and even birds. Each mimosa leaf has incredibly sensitive hairs on its surface, which, like nerve endings, immediately transmit a threat and the leaf closes. The most interesting thing is that the plant also closes its leaves at night. Mimosa shy can be grown in areas in zones 7 to 13. It grows upright at first, and when it is mature, it begins to creep along the ground.

How to care for mimosa shame?


The understory plant requires a lot of light, but can tolerate some shade. It needs a full 8 hours of sunlight for the plant to develop properly. If the Momosa ashamedica is growing outside, it needs sun as above, but be sure to add shade. If the plant is flowering in the house, place it on a window sill that faces east or south. If you notice that it has closed leaves during the day as well, then it doesn’t get enough sun.

Soil type

Soil type
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The plant prefers well-drained loamy soil. It will also do well in poorer soils, as long as they are not too wet and also not dense. To make the soil softer for Mimosa shameful, you can add peat moss to it, or provide better drainage. For growing in the house, a special mixture for this type of plant, which can easily be purchased at a gardening store, will work well. Be sure to match it with a large pot so that the mimosa is not crowded. The pot itself must have drainage, otherwise the plant will sit in a swamp, which it does not like the most.


Water the plant without touching me once a week. In winter, however, you will need to reduce watering to once every 2 weeks. Remember that Mimosa ashamediata cannot sit in water and that its soil should not be too wet. Otherwise, it will quickly develop root rot.


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The don’t touch me plant grows very fast at room temperature from 65 to 75 degrees Fahringey. Try to place the Mimosa shameberry in the house so that it is not exposed to drafts and overly aggressive ventilation. Nor should it be placed near heaters or radiators. When growing outside in soil, remember that the plant is only suitable for zones 7 through 13.


The Don’t touch me plant requires high air humidity to thrive. Try to keep the relative humidity at 60% or higher. If the air in your house is too dry, you can use a humidifier. You can also place the pot on a tray of pebbles and water to increase the humidity around the plant. If you don’t mind, you can spray the plant regularly with a sprinkler.


Fertilizer is important for the Touch Me Not plant to grow and bear cute and fluffy flowers. During the growing season, you can add a liquid fertilizer with a high potassium content to the soil, which should definitely be diluted by half. Such fertilizer may be applied once every 2 weeks. Pour the mixture carefully, trying to pour it into the soil and not on the plant so as not to burn its roots. Mimosa shame grows in difficult weather conditions where there is little moisture and poor soil, so you can do without fertilizing at all.

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Benefits of the Mimosa Shame Plant

  • Mimosa bashful is widely used for various medicinal purposes:
  • The roots of the plant are excellent in treating jaundice, leucoderma, fistulas, hemorrhoids, ulcers and smallpox;
  • Mimosa shame seeds can help with urinary tract problems;
  • It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and hemostatic properties due to its tannin, mimosin, calcium oxalate itanin content.

Disadvantages of the plant Mimosa bashful

  • Despite the fact that Mimosa bashful is quite popular in medicine, you should take it with caution for pregnant women, as the contents of the plant is a natural contraceptive. Although its properties in this matter are not highly effective, it is extremely dangerous for pregnant women to take anything from the mimosa bashful plant.
  • It is also worth understanding that the substance tannin, which is contained in the plant don’t touch me, can be fatal if too much of it is taken internally

Touch Me Not an invasive plant?

No. The Mimosa pudica is not an invasive plant. In fact, it’s actually native to Central and South America.

What fragrance does the bashful mimosa emit?

Mimosa bashful has a pleasant and delicate aroma of sweet honey, with a hint of bitterness and a touch of herbs. Many manufacturers of perfumes often add an extract of such a plant.

What fragrance does the bashful mimosa emit?
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What diseases and pests are susceptible to Mimosa bashful?

This plant is quite resistant to diseases and pests. However, in some cases, it can be affected by powdery mildew or spider mites. To avoid this, you need to ensure that the plant is well ventilated and that there is enough space between the leaves. In addition, regular spraying with warm water will help to get rid of the spider mite.

Nicolas Wayne

Gardening and lawn care enthusiast

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