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Shame plant





kim atienza

I was both surprised and amused when I read a post on Facebook recently selling a pot of makahiya plant for a sum of 4,530 pesos!

I didn’t know if the seller was serious, or was just posting it as a joke for sheer enjoyment. But, it carried a lovely picture of a blooming makahiya in a nice pot.


Children raised in cities are probably clueless about this unique plant, considered as a weed only in the provinces. Makahiya’s uniqueness lies in its name. It is quite shy like a lady who blushes at the first hint of courtship.

Touch the leaf of a makahiya and it just as quickly closes, withdraws from view. Could this characteristic be its unique selling proposition, enough to fetch such a high amount in the social media market?




Mimosa is makahiya’s scientific name. It is also known as the shame plant for obvious reasons.

Wikipedia describes mimosa pudica as a creeping, flowering plant of the pea/legume family Fabaceae. It is often grown for its curiosity value.

The compound leaves fold inward and droop when touched or shaken, defending themselves from harm, and re-open a few minutes later.


Is it poisonous?

Mimosa is listed as a non-toxic plant for humans on the University of California’s list of safe and poisonous garden plants.

What do you think?

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