sensitive plant


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

Examples of sensitive plant in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another good ground cover, but with pink blooms, is the native mimosa or sensitive plant. Tom Maccubbin,, "Leave grapefruits on trees for a few more months," 5 Sep. 2020 Any sensitive plants should be covered or taken inside overnight to prevent frost damage, Wood said. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Much of state under freeze warning overnight as lows of 24 to 29 degrees predicted," 8 May 2020 Smith advises homeowners to remember pipes that could potentially freeze and rupture as well as covering sensitive plants. Chelsea Hofmann, azcentral, "Freeze warning issued for Phoenix; strong winds expected in parts of Arizona," 3 Feb. 2020 Last week, Victor Cooper, a former forest ranger in northern Australia, lit a wad of shaggy bark to demonstrate the type of fire that burns at temperatures low enough to avoid damage to sensitive plants that are crucial food for animals. Thomas Fuller, New York Times, "Reducing Fire, and Cutting Carbon Emissions, the Aboriginal Way," 16 Jan. 2020 In addition to having Insulate, blankets or other fabric ready for covering freeze-sensitive plants when a freeze is predicted, also have heat sources available for temperatures below 26 degrees. Calvin Finch,, "10 great Christmas gifts for gardeners this holiday season," 5 Dec. 2019 Similar value is derived from leaving esperanza, poinciana, firebush and other cold-sensitive plants after the tops freeze. Calvin Finch,, "The best trees and shrubs to feed, shelter birds in San Antonio gardens," 12 Dec. 2019 Tropical hibiscus and most of the other cold-sensitive plants in containers do require light in addition to above-freezing temperatures in their storage situation. Calvin Finch,, "It’s time to seriously prepare your plants for the next San Antonio freeze," 21 Nov. 2019 The agency argues its plan is the surefire way to eradicate the mice, which feed on sensitive plants, seeds, bird eggs and sometimes birds themselves. Will Houston, The Mercury News, "Bay Area critics decry Fed’s plan to use banned rodent poison on Farallon Islands," 8 July 2019

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First Known Use of sensitive plant

1640, in the meaning defined above

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12 Sep 2020

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“Sensitive plant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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