Mimosa strigillosa

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Sunshine Mimosa, Powderpuff

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

Plant Specifics

Size:0.25-0.5 ft tall by to 100 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:Pink, rose
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Evergreen but tends to appear somewhat sparse and inconspicuous from late fall to early spring. Blooms spring to fall.
Noted for:Showy flowers, Interesting foliage


Recommended Uses:Grow as a groundcover. Can be used as a turf replacement and can be mowed. Not good for heavy traffic. Tends not to have good cover during late fall through early spring.
Considerations:Like most turf replacements, this plant wants to spread. If you don't want that, keep it hemmed in by using a barrier or by trimming.
Propagation:Seed or cuttings. Seeds are available through the Florida Wildflowers Growers Cooperative.
Availability:Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:Circum neutral



Host plant for the little sulphur (Eurema lisa) butterfly. (Fl Wildflower Foundation)

Pollinated mainly by bees

Native Habitats:Open, disturbed areas. Typically fairly moist but tolerates dry soils after establishment.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


General Comments:

Needs substantial water during establishment, then relatively drought tolerant.

Nodules on the roots of the plant, with the help of Rhizobium bacteria, fix nitrogen.