Mimosa pudica, also called sleepy plant and the touch-me-not, is a creeping perennial herb often grown for its curiosity value: the compound, fern-like leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, to protect them from predators, re-opening minutes later. Pink 1" inch round bloom. The species is native to South America and Central America and grows mostly in shady areas, under trees or shrubs in zone 9-11 and does great in containers as a houseplant or bonsai.
This plants has many medicinal benefits. All parts of this plant have medicinal uses. The Physician’s Desk Reference for Herbal Medicines lists Mimosa’s medicinal properties as an antibacterial agent, an antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, nervine, diuretic, emetic, expectorant, and sedative.