Best Plant

Shy Plant U.S. Botanic Garden
100 Maryland Ave. SW
The Botanic Garden is one of the Mall’s most underrated destinations, but despite the majesty of the rainforest plants, desert plants, and Mid-Atlantic natives, it doesn’t offer much to actually do. Fortunately, the “shy plant,” or mimosa pudica, provides some much-needed interactivity with visitors, because it wiggles when you touch it. Sadly, the shy plant lives up to its reputation by disappearing from the garden altogether in winter months.