“It really dances! Google and see if you don’t believe me.”
So I did. And there it was; sufficient evidence on the net to silence this doubting Thomas.
But I had no idea where to get Desmodium Gyrans seeds – until a friend asked if I wanted any. Now’s my chance to see some action!
I planted all five seeds … three germinated but only one survived.
As soon as I thought it was big enough to respond, I clapped, whistled and sang. We even played some music. But not a single leaf budged! What could be wrong?
Once again, I googled.
Apparently, my technique was off; the leaves respond more readily to soft high pitched sounds.
So I tried using a higher pitch. This time the tiny leaves moved!
The movements were sporadic and jerky so I wonder if the plant was traumatized instead.
My own video wasn’t great so here’s one I found on YouTube : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVBTqh37TGM
Perhaps I should try some classical music on my own plant next.
I’m really enjoying the uniqueness of the Desmodium Gyrans. Its leaves are quite pretty and it’s certainty a conversation piece and a hit with the kids.
Care and propagation : partial shade to full sun; garden soil; water moderately; propagate using seeds