Tickle Me Plant (Mimosa pudica)
Sun: Full sun to part shade if possible. If indoors, bright light will work best (southern exposure window is suggested).
Zone: Keep this plant in areas that are above 50 degrees F. A few reputable sources say the stems will turn red if below 60 degrees F, but this does not harm the plant and goes back to green once the temperature rises.
Soil: Well-drained planting media or soil.
Water: Water when the top soil looks dry. Tickle Me Plant will drop its leaves if under-watered or over-watered. Well-drained soil will help with the over-watering. It will grow knew leaves once its watering is back to normal.
Habitat: Tickle Me Plant is a creeping annual or perennial with fern-like leaves and purple or pink puff-ball flowers. The leaves will close up or shrivel when touched. The leaves will reform once they are left alone. This plant is a tropical/subtropical species, so it does better in heat and humidity.
Tip: This plant naturally spreads fast and is considered to be evasive in some areas. This plant is perfect for our planters to keep it from spreading and easier to grow indoors. Tickle Me also grows thorns so be careful when you touch or play with it. This plant is also known as a shy or sensitive plant.
Category: Thriller – Used as focal points and to create a dynamic visual composition.
Create a garden plan with your students to show what and where it will be planted. For Pockets, we recommend that you assign two student gardeners per Woolly Pocket and plant one type of seed or plant per pocket. Want to see more pictures of what’s being done in other Woolly School Gardens? Check out our WSG Facebook page!
Wow, guys, I can’t believe we are in the fifth week of Plants & People. Let’s recap week 4, shall we? For the plant photos, they are taken by Miguel Nelson once again. He explored the Los Angeles urban landscape, skipped around some neighborhood gardens, and took us to the desert. And the portraits are some of my favorites to date! I especially love the black & white portrait of the older gent with a cowboy hat taken by @nickstgermain. So stoic and perfectly paired with that immense evergreen shrub. I also love the portrait of the woman looking at the snow caps, taken by @ezekielvg, and paired with that itty bitty grass photo. It’s a reminder that we are just small dots in this big world. Thanks to all the other photographers who contributed last week — @dannyjv, @kimgenevieve, @enpointe, @jordan_miles, @esiwmai.
Mexican Sage (Salvia Leucantha)
Sun: Full sun, and if need be an afternoon partial shade will be fine too.
Zone: Zones 7-11
Soil: As always, a well-drained soil that is fertile (use compost to help with this).
Water: Do not over water and water on a regular basis if there is no rain. This plant is drought resistant and can go about 1.5-2 weeks without water if need be. Try to keep water off the leaves to keep disease away. New and young plants will need more water during the growing season.
Habitat: Native to Mexico and Central America, this plant is a perennial and will live for years in your home garden.
Tip: Attracts hummingbirds, bees and/or butterflies. This plant is used for ornamental purposes and should be used in replacement for common sage. Pruning in the spring will help make a bushier plant.
Category: Filler – To fill in and cover the Pockets between the other plants.
Plant photo by @woollypocket / Portrait by @kimgenevieve
We are dreaming of a quick getaway to the desert for some warmth this weekend. It’s getting chilly both in LA and NYC. The desert is so magical, isn’t it? And we love the vibrant pink wall with the sweet gal in what looks like a southwest hat. So playful and fun. Happy weekend, Woollies!