Powderpuff (Mimosa strigillosa)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 4 to 6 inches
Plant Spread: spreads to 6 feet or more
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruiting Time: Late summer or early fall
Late fall or early winter
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Pink
Other: Pale to deep Pink
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Dynamic Accumulator: Nitrogen fixer
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Scarify seeds: Lightly abrade the hard seeds with sandpaper or on concrete to allow seeds to absorb moisture for gemination. Test by placing scarified seeds in a shallow dish of water. They should swell noticeably within an hour or so.
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Cuttings: Root
Pollinators: Bees
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Feb 14, 2013 3:48 PM

Mimosa strigillosa is a low-growing evergreen perennial native here in Florida, found in moist to dry open habitats and disturbed sites. It has small pompom-like flower heads that are held high over the feathery foliage. Each flower cluster consists of many small tubular pink flowers with stamens and yellow anthers extending beyond the tube, creating the impression that the pink flowers are tipped in yellow. This ground-hugging plant spreads quickly and can extend for several feet in all directions, overlapping and creating a dense mat. Like the leaves on many other Mimosas, these tiny leaves are very sensitive to disturbance and will fold up or close when touched.

Powderpuff is moderately salt tolerant and extremely drought tolerant once established. Many insects enjoy the flower nectar and the leaves are a larval food for the caterpillar of the Sulphur Butterfly.

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