The flowers that open and close with the sun are a beautiful and amazing sight. They are also a great way to add some color and beauty to your garden.
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The Sensitive Plant
The Sensitive Plant (Mimosa pudica) is a species of flowering plant in the legume family Fabaceae, native to central and South America. The Sensitive Plant gets its name from its reaction to touch and other stimuli, such as heat, light or vibration. When touched, the leaflets of the Sensitive Plant fold inward and the leaves droop. The plant will repeat this behavior if touched again or if exposed to vibration, heat or bright light.
This phenomenon is called seismonasty (from the Greek seismos, meaning “earthquake” or “shake”, and nastos, meaning “drooping”). It is a form of defence mechanism that allows the plant to avoid detection by predators. The movement also serves to prevent damage to the leaves by strong winds or heavy rains.
The Morning Glory
The morning glory is a climbing vine that produces beautiful funnel-shaped flowers. The flowers of most varieties open in the morning and close in the evening, although there are some varieties that will remain open during the day. Morning glories are annuals, which means they complete their life cycle in one growing season.
The Moonflower is a beautiful night-blooming flower that has the unique ability to open and close with the Sun. This means that it only blooms for a short time during the night, and then closes up again when the Sun rises.
The Moonflower is native to tropical and subtropical regions of the Americas, but it can be grown in other parts of the world as well. It is a very popular plant for gardeners who want to add a little bit of mystery to their gardens.
The Moonflower is not related to the morning glory, despite the similar name. The two plants are in fact quite different, and the Moonflower is actually more closely related to the potato!