Powderpuff, Sunshine mimosa
Mimosa strigillosa
Fabaceae


Landscape Uses:

Primarily recommended for natural landscapes and habitat restorations. Also wildflower and butterfly gardens.

Ecological Restoration Notes:

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


Roger L. Hammer
Melissa E. Abdo
George D. Gann
Shirley Denton