Plant ID forum: (Mimosa pudica) or (Albizia julibrissin); growing in window well

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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 16, 2015 10:11 AM CST
I have a volunteer plant growing in a basement window well. The leaves are unlike anything else in my yard. Anyone know what it might be?

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Frillylily
Aug 16, 2015 10:31 AM CST
https://www.google.com/search?q=pic+of+sensitive+plant&biw=1...
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porkpal
Aug 16, 2015 10:48 AM CST
And if it is bigger than that, perhaps a mimosa.
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 16, 2015 10:50 AM CST
wow, that's sure what it looks like! Thank You!
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 16, 2015 10:54 AM CST
wow--well, if it is a tree, then my basement window well is probably not a good location for it! Big Grin

If it's the plant, then it will die with our first frost...
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plantladylin
Aug 16, 2015 11:03 AM CST
What is the height of the plant from the soil line? Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica) is a non native but found in Maryland. It's a low grower but stems can grow to 5 feet in length according to the listing at wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa_pudica Have you noticed if the leaves close up at night? Also, try touching the leaves and see if they fold as is common in Sensitive plant.

If it is Mimosa Tree (Albizia julibrissin) it's very invasive, even in Maryland! http://www.mdinvasivesp.org/archived_invaders/archived_invad...

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sooby
Aug 16, 2015 11:07 AM CST
If it's the sensitive plant, then you should be able to tell immediately by touching it, because it will fold up as in this video. They're lots of fun Hilarious!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLTcVNyOhUc

(Cross-posted with Lin)
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Name: Catmint/Robin
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Catmint20906
Aug 16, 2015 2:21 PM CST
I did try touching it but only gently. It didn't have much of a reaction but I noticed the leaves were already partially folded compared to my earlier photo--maybe from the wind? I'll have to give it more of a thump. Big Grin

Right now it is in the 18-24" range.

That's good to know about the invasive status of the tree!
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