|Tickle Me Plant|
|Sun Requirements:||Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
|Soil pH Preferences:||Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
|Plant Height:||8 to 12 inches|
|Plant Spread:||Stems erect in young plants but take on a trailing form with age, growing to lengths to 5 feet.|
|Leaves:||Other: sensitive, touch and they fold up. Stems and leaves are sparsely to densely prickly
|Fruit:||Other: Clusters of 2 to 8 pods with prickly margins that contain pale brown seeds..
|Fruiting Time:||Late summer or early fall
Other: Pale pink to purple
|Bloom Size:||Under 1"
|Dynamic Accumulator:||Nitrogen fixer
|Propagation: Seeds:||Scarify seeds: Chip seed coat, or soak in warm to hot water for approximately 20 minutes before sowing.
Needs specific temperature: 70F - 80F
Days to germinate: Seeds usually germinate in 7 to 21 days.
Depth to plant seed: Surface sow, covering with a thin layer of soil.
Sow in situ
|Containers:||Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
|Miscellaneous:||Tolerates poor soil
|Conservation status:||Least Concern (LC)
I couldn't figure out why one of my plants looked parched/dry/thirsty even though I had watered the day before. Research tells me this plant is exhibiting a "nyctinastic" response to approaching night. The plant knew when it was day and when it was night, folded its leaves, and appeared to be napping. Wow, a nyctinastic response is fantastic. Do plants sleep? Yes, and they do a whole lot more. There are several types of nastic responses in the plant world.
|Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Nov 22, 2011 11:28 AM
When touched, leaflets fold up in a most spectacular fashion, leaf stalks drop as if they were hinged.
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|Posted by Gleni (Macleay Is, Qld, Australia - Zone 12a) on May 30, 2014 1:19 AM
Highly invasive in Australia; a declared pest in Western Australia. It is a good example of thigmonasty or seismonasty.
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|Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Jul 19, 2018 8:41 AM
I planted a rooted piece of this 5 years ago in a part-sun flowerbed that gets moisture from the drip line of the roof and saturation when it rains. It has thrived and sent runners to now cover the 8' bed, to the point that I now have to trim it to keep it in bounds.. It is in bloom now, July 2018. I'm in zone 9 and it goes dormant in winter. It took the unusual 21-degree lowest temp of 2017/2018. It stays low and neat, and the pink wand flowers are a sight to see when in full bloom. Children and adults love this curiosity plant.
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|jmorth||On April 16, 2015||Plant emerged|
|jmorth||On March 31, 2015||Seeds sown
Sown, in small container in a plastic bag.
|jmorth||From March 31, 2015 to April 16, 2015||Seeds germinated
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