Friday, September 14, 2012

GMG's Friday Find: Tickle your Mimosa Pudica

We all have a tickle spot (except my dog who seems be missing her's).  Sometimes we can even anticipate the tickle laughter before it even happens!  Now did you know that there is a tickle plant?  This plant, Mimosa Pudica, has other common names like sensitive plant, humble plant, shameful plant and touch-me-not.  The species is native to South America and Central America but is now a pantropical weed grown for its curiosity value.

Like other plant species, the foliage closes during darkenss and reopens in light. Unlike other plant species, the tickle plant also closes and droops under other stimuli such as touching, warming, blowing, or shaking.  It is known how this occurs (cells lose turgor pressure) but not why it occurs. Scientists think it could be the plant's defense mechanism to scare away predators, or to shake off insects. Watch this musical video to see the effects of movement on the plant, and how quickly it recovers to it's normal shape.

A fun gift idea for kids is a complete kit to grow and 'tickle' this unusual plant. Complete with seeds, pods, and even it's own greenhouse, the TickleMe Plant can provide education and fun for kids and adults...I'm ordering one myself for the kid in me. 

So if you don't have somenoe to tickle you, or a dog or cat or hampster to tickle, maybe you'd like a plant to tickle.  We'd love to hear your thoughts on this interesting plant.

~Peggy, Garden Media Group


Elle @ Cheap Sheds said...

Wow! Awesome feature indeed. I used play on them when I was a kid. That is really cool.

Send Birthday Flowers in Houston TX said...

Cool video of the TickleMe Plant.Mimosa pudica can be grown in most soils as long as it drains well.The mimosa tree is variety of tall shrub that is cultivated all over the world.