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Dancing Plant

Codariocalyx motorius

Also known as

Telegraph Plant, Semaphore Plant, Aturi, Chanchala

Codariocalyx motoricus-1-bsi-yercaud-salem-India by Yercaud-elango (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Tender

H2

RHS hardiness

1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1.5m

50cm

Min

50cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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A close up of a green Codariocalyx motorius plant
A close up of a green Codariocalyx motorius plant

Dancing Plant Overview

Codariocalyx motorius is an interesting shrub species in the legume family, Fabaceae. Originating from tropical and subtropical Asia. This plant was well known by the previous name Desmodium gyrans, it is commonly known by a few names including Dancing Plant, Telegraph Plant and Semaphore Plant. It produces small purple, pea-like flowers. It is notable for its rapid leaf movement, this is an adaptation allowing the plant to follow the sunlight and maximise exposure to its leaves. It has been used ornamentally in gardens for the moving foliage.

How to propagate Dancing Plant

Cuttings

Seed

Special features of Dancing Plant

Attractive leaves

Attracts useful insects

Attracts butterflies

Attracts birds