Herbaceous mimosa Mimosa strigillosa - Leguminosae (Fabaceae),
Pea or Pulse Family
DESCRIPTION: Low growing, sprawling ground cover, covered with bristles, but
Height: From 1 to 2 inches
Flowers: Showy, globe-shaped, reddish-pink to lavender-rose, 1 inch wide. Spring and summer
Fruit: Small bean pod
Foliage: Small, feathery in appearance,
folding up when touched
Growth rate: Moderate
Sun: Full sun
Soil: Any, best in loamy or sandy soil
Maintenance: Little needed
NATIVE HABITAT: Open areas in sandy woodlands and brush; along roadsides, depressions and along stream or lake banks.
WILDLIFE USE: Leaves eaten by white-tailed
deer and cattle. Food plant
for caterpillars of White-striped Longtail Skipper, Mimosa Yellow and Reakirt's Blue butterflies.
COMMENTS: Very attractive ground cover when in flower. Difficult to establish, but grows well once established.