Plant ID forum: Is this a juvenile mimosa?

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Name: E Kelley
Acworth, Georgia
edkelley0
Jul 28, 2017 8:41 AM CST
This plant came up in a wheelbarrow of wildflowers, probably from a bird-dropped seed. It looks like a Mimosa, with long rows of leaflets and a branching alternate leaf pattern. The leaves fold at night. Is there some special characteristic that can be used to confirm the ID speculation while it is still a juvenile. If a Mimosa I would like to put it in the ground soon.



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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jul 28, 2017 10:03 AM CST
I don't know if its a Mimosa, the leaves don't seem quite right. I suspect its already rooted into the ground - I can't imagine its gotten that big and isn't.
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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Jul 28, 2017 10:52 AM CST
Looks like something far nicer than mimosa.
Compare to Sesbania.
They get tall, and bloom pretty pea flowers, add nitrogen to the soil, and die in the autumn.
I always toss the plants over in a new location that needs some help after they die, so that the seeds will come up in the spring.
Name: Porkpal
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Jul 28, 2017 10:55 AM CST
I don't think it is Mimosa either. Rattlebox, perhaps?
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Name: greene
Savannah, GA (Sunset 28) (Zone 8b)
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greene
Jul 28, 2017 11:01 AM CST
Rattlebox, Sesbania or something similar.
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Name: E Kelley
Acworth, Georgia
edkelley0
Jul 28, 2017 2:25 PM CST
This is a very friendly, responsive, knowledgeable forum. Thanks to each of you for your responses. Each was much appreciated. I would never have guessed that I would be given the answer so quickly - and yes, after seeing pictures of the Sesbania I am confident that my mystery plant has been identified. It has really beautiful flowers and I am surprised it isn't more popular. Much thanks, Ed

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