Mimosa pudica

Sensitive plant

Other common names:

Tickle-me plant, shy plant.



Family: Fabaceae/ sub-family Mimosacae. Creeping annual or perennial weed, yet can grow to 15 cm up to 45 cm tall. Flowers are pink or purple in colour and are the shape of fluffy balls. Fern like leaves close up and droop when touched and at night. Seeds in pods split into single seeded segments bearing bristles. Prickly stem becomes creeping/trailing with age and can produce a dense cover.. Full sun and light shade. Drought and frost tender. Nitrogen fixing – can be an indicator of poor soil fertility. Spread by seed and runners.


Susceptible Turf:

Warm-season turf grass varieties.


Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: Chipping out individual plants making sure that the entire root system is removed.



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