Mimosa strigillosa

sunshine mimosa, powderpuff

Fabaceae (Leguminosae)

wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


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Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 0.25-0.5 ft    Width: to 100 ft
Flower Color: flower color      pink
Phenology: evergreen
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: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: circum neutral


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Pollinated by bees. Larval host of little sulfur butterfly.
Native Habitats: Open, disturbed areas. Typically fairly moist but tolerates dry soils after establishment.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:

Other Comments:

Needs substantial water during establishment, then relatively drought tolerant.