sensitive plant

noun

Definition of sensitive plant 

: any of several mimosas (especially Mimosa pudica) with leaves that fold or droop when touched broadly : a plant responding to touch with movement

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Others include the perennial peanut with yellow blossoms and the sunshine mimosa or sensitive plant opening clusters of small powderpuff like clusters of purplish blooms. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Poor root system hinders plant growth," 19 May 2018 Start seeds of this frost-sensitive plant indoors six to eight weeks before your average last-frost date or buy transplants, which are increasingly available at nurseries and by mail order. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Hundreds Of Ground Cherries," 9 May 2017 Protect sensitive plants by bringing them indoors or covering them with layers of newspapers or blankets. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati weather: Snow showers, freeze warning," 16 Apr. 2018 The researchers trapped pea plants in glass chambers with ether, soaked roots of the sensitive plant and seedlings of garden cress in lidocaine and even measured the electrical activity of a Venus fly trap’s cells. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?," 2 Feb. 2018 Home gardeners are advised to cover sensitive plants or bring them indoors. Jennifer Larino, NOLA.com, "New Orleans is in for a freezing cold weekend. See forecasted lows.," 12 Jan. 2018 Overnight lows in Sacramento are expected to reach 31 degrees, meaning residents might want to take steps to protect sensitive plants and bring outdoor pets inside overnight. Ed Fletcher, sacbee, "Tahoe ski resorts say conditions are better than you think," 20 Dec. 2017 Frost advisories are issued when widespread frost is anticipated that can kill sensitive plants. Leigh Morgan, AL.com, "Frost advisory issued for western parts of Alabama," 28 Oct. 2017 Begin moving cold-sensitive plants to a warm location by month’s end. 80. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "October gardening calendar," 30 Sep. 2017

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1640, in the meaning defined above

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