Sunshine Mimosa - mimosa strigillosa

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Sunshine Mimosa - mimosa strigillosa

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Organically grown - currently available for pick up only.

Florida Native, Mimosa strigillosa makes an exciting addition as ground cover to multiple gardens. It is a 'sensitive' plant which reacts to touch. Brush your fingers along leaves and watch them close up in response!

It blooms in early spring through summer, is drought tolerant after establishment, has low nutrient requirements, can be mowed and take some light foot traffic, spreads fast and far and creates a thick mat.

Sunshine Mimosa is the larval host plant for the Little Sulphur butterfly. The blooms are pollinated by bees such as the non-native Honey Bee and native Bumble Bees (Bombus species).

This ground cover spreads by rhizomes that produce long tap roots at the nodes. Mimosa strigillosa is a legume (plant family: Fabaceae) and its roots can produce small knots associated with nitrogen-fixing bacteria that in turn, adds nitrogen to the soil. Because this plant spreads fast and forms a thick covering with long taproots that anchor themselves into the soil, it is an excellent choice for erosion control.

Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 0.25-0.5 ft Width: to 100 ft
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.
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.
Light: Full to part sun
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam
Soil pH Range: circum neutral
Wildlife: Pollinated by bees. Larval host of little sulfur butterfly.
Native Habitats: Open, disturbed areas. Typically fairly moist but tolerates dry soils after establishment.
USDA Zones: 8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

 

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