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Desmodium 'The Dancing Plant'

Desmodium gyrans (syn. Codariocalyx motorius), Telegraph Plant, Semaphore Plant

Tender Annual

  • Amazing dancing plant
  • Moves to sound and light!
  • Foliage plant with real wow factor
This plant needs to be seen to be believed! Forget those tacky dancing flowers from the 1980s, now you can grow your own dancing windowsill plant. Desmodium is one of the few plants capable of rapid movement, and has enraptured plant hunters and naturalists for centuries. Charles Darwin, good friend of our company founder William Thompson, was enthralled by this Asian shrub, writing about it at length in his 1880 book 'The Power of Movement in Plants'. Each large leaf moves to maximise exposure to sunlight, but to conserve its energy, a pair of smaller leaflets at the base of each leaf are constantly on the move in the search for sunlight. Cleverly, the information gathered by these leaflets is then used to move the larger leaves as required! Come dark of night the leaves droop to rest until sun up. Even more astoundingly, and still unexplained by science, the foliage will also respond to certain sounds, especially high-pitched notes. Try it for yourself, play your plants some different genres - we'd love to hear if they show a preference for rock, classical or pop! Height and Spread: 120cm (59")

Ideal For:
greenhouse, conservatory
Flowering Period:
June, July, August, September
sun or semi shade
    • 1 packet (10 desmodium seeds)

    • Despatch: Within 1 days
    • £3.99
Sow seeds indoors throughout the year. Soak seeds for 24 to 48 hours in luke warm water to soften the seed casing prior to planting. Sow 1cm (1/2 in) deep , cover with a clear plastic lid and keep in a warm place, ideally at a temperature of 24 to 27°C (75 to 80°F). Seed germination can range from 10 to 90 days.
Do not allow the compost to dry out at any time, also avoid waterlogging too. feed once a month and keep plants in a well lit conservatory or greenhouse.

Seeds and garden supplies will normally be delivered within the time period stated against each product as detailed above. Plants, bulbs, corms, tubers, shrubs, trees, potatoes etc are delivered at the appropriate time for planting and will be stated on the product page or in your order acknowledgement page and email.

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