Powderpuff Flower

Pink blossoms that look like powderpuffs give Mimosa strigillosa one of its common names. Also known as sensitive plant because its fern-like leaves fold up when touched. Sunshine mimosa is another common name.
“Powderpuff Flower”

Continuing on with my successful native plants, here’s a powderpuff flower. Scientifically known as Mimosa strigillosa, its other common names include sunshine mimosa and sensitive plant. It’s called sensitive plant because when you touch its fern-like leaves, they fold up.

I initially planted it in a hanging bucket because it spreads easily, which is why it’s most often used as a ground cover. It needed water pretty much every day, though, so I transplanted it to a spot in the front yard. Since it actually hasn’t spread at all, I’ve decided that I’m going to harvest a few seeds this year and grow a few more. I love the idea of having a patch of powderpuffs.

Mimosa strigillosa grows natively through much of Florida, almost all of Louisiana, and a handful of counties in Georgia, Mississippi, and Arkansas. It’s also native to Mexico.

If you want to find out more about growing it, the University of Florida’s IFAS extension has an excellent publication about it. (You’ll also find lots of good photos in it, too.)

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