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Powderpuff, Sunshine mimosa
Mimosa strigillosa
Fabaceae
 

Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

General Landscape Uses: Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.

Availability: Native plant nurseries.
Available in Lake Worth at Indian Trails Native Nursery (561-641-9488).

Description: Prostrate herbaceous wildflower.

Dimensions: About 1 inch in height; to 3 inches when in flower. Spreading along the ground and forming large open mats.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southeastern United States, Missouri and Texas south to Miami-Dade, Hendry and Lee counties. Sporadic and mostly weedy in sandy disturbed sites in South Florida. Never vouchered for Broward, Palm Beach, Glades or Charlotte counties.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: Open, usually disturbed, sites.

Soils: Moist to dry, well-drained sandy soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Low; does not tolerate long-term flooding by salt or brackish water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Moderate; grows near salt water, but is protected from direct salt spray by other vegetation.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Pink.

Flower Characteristics: Showy.

Flowering Season: Spring-summer.

Fruit: Small brown pod (legume).

Wildlife and Ecology: Larval host plant for little yellow (Eurema lisa) butterflies.

Horticultural Notes: Can be grown from seedd.

Comments: A very attractive mat-forming plant.


Copyright by: Roger L. Hammer

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