1) Plant History & General Information:
- Location on Property: Garden N, and all over the property
Scientific & Other Names: Mimosa pudica; Sleepy Vine
- Region of Origin: Native to South America and Central America
- General History: Mimosa pudica was first formally described by Carl Linnaeus in Species Plantarum in 1753. The species epithet, pudica, is Latin for “bashful” or “shrinking”, alluding to its shrinking reaction to contact.
2) Plant Uses:
- As Food:
- Swelling: Make a paste out of the leaves and apply to the point of pain.
- Diuretic or promoting the flow of urine.
- Lithontripic an agent that helps dissolve calculi.
- Expectorant or promoting the discharge of phlegm.
- Relieves strangury or slow and painful discharge of urine.
- Urinary calculi or stone in the urinary tract.
- Gonorrhea and lithiasis.
- As Medicine: The sensitive plant, Mimosa Pudica, is a medicinal plant sometimes used in medical practices that aren’t considered modern to western civilization. The sensitive plant has several medical uses that include treatment for gynecological disorders, skin problems, impotence, and bronchitis. It is also used to treat epilepsy and is prized as an aphrodisiac. Unani and Ayurvedic medicine are two types of medicine where the sensitive plant is sometimes used. Ayurveda, which translates as the “science of life,” is a traditional type of medicine practiced in India. Unani medicine is an ancient form of Greek medicine that was adopted into the Muslim world more than 1,300 years ago. In Ayurvedic medicine, the root of the sensitive plant is thought of as acrid and cooling. It is used for the treatment of blood diseases, dysentery, burning sensations, and inflammation. It has similar properties in Unai medicine where it is also used to treat blood impurities, leprosy, and jaundice. All parts of the plant, including roots, leaves, and flowers, are used in these two types of traditional medicine.
- Medicinal and Homeopathic uses for Mimosa Pudica, also known as the Sensitive plant:
- Sensitive grass is weed that grows in a tropical climate. It can be used to cure a number of ailments.
How to use:
- The root in decoction is given in gonorrhea and lithiasis or the formation of stony secretions in the body, especially in the urinary passage and bladder.
- The seeds are powdered and applied over the wounds. If the seeds are not available, the crushed leaves made into a paste will make a good substitute.
3) Growing Instructions
Growing: It grows mostly in shady areas, under trees or shrubs.
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- Controlling Spread: Pull up long vines from flower beds, make sure to get the root!
- Difficulties with this plant: Considered weeds, grows rapidly.
History of this Plant at Hedonisia:
Sensitive is entertaining to watch shut but overgrows the gardens here at Hedonisia. Must be weeded!