Saturday, September 25, 2010

Dan's Mimosa

Normally, we babysit dogs. This weekend, we are babysitting one of Dan's beloved mimosa plants while he and Judy are on vacation.

This mimosa is a very interesting plant. Native to Mexico, Central and South America, the Mimosa pudica is a pretty shrub in the legume family.

The most striking features are its tiny starburst blooms, and the fascinating way it will fold its leaves when touched. It is rather like turning off a light... touch a leaf, and it quickly collapses itself to nothing. Yesterday, the boys and I, and even Becky, spent more than a few minutes walking our fingers up and down the plant.

Of course, the mimosa restores itself later, after we've grown bored and moved on.


Anonymous said...

These grow wild down here in The Woodlands. They are like a dandelion and people mow them off or spray them to kill them. They have a pretty puff ball bloom (?) I think is what it is. They are pink with silver on the tips. They are pretty looking in groups but not welcome in yards or flower beds down here.


Mom said...

Lots of our neighbors had them in their yards when I was a kid in Oklahoma. They are very pretty, but also very hardy. They are very easy to grow from seeds. I wanted to plant one in our yard - I can't repeat Grandpa Guier's response. They seem to spread as quickly as kudzu.

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