Mimosa strigillosa

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Mimosa strigillosa
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Fabales
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Caesalpinioideae[1]
(unranked): Mimosoid clade[1]
Genus: Mimosa
Species: M. strigillosa
Binomial name
Mimosa strigillosa
Torr. & A.Gray

Mimosa strigillosa, also known as sunshine mimosa and powderpuff, is a perennial ground cover in the Mimosaceae family that is native to nearly all US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico and grows north into Georgia and Arkansas as well.[2] The name powderpuff refers to the small spherical flowers that rise above the plant's creeping vines. Like related species in the Mimosa genus sunshine mimosa has sensitive leaves that can fold in a matter of seconds after being disturbed.[3]

Because of sunshine mimosa's mat forming nature, drought tolerance, and because like many legumes it is capable of nitrogen fixation[4] and thus doesn't need fertilizer it has become recommended as a replacement for turf grasses for the purposes of xeriscaping and lowering environmental impact. The plant is also recommended as a turfgrass replacement because of its ability to withstand some foot traffic and mowing,[3] It is capable of spreading rapidly and as few as four or five pots may cover 300 square feet in a single growing season. Some may find it problematic that the plant is a host for the larva of little sulphur (Eurema lisa) butterflies.[4] Because of sunshine mimosa's general usefulness as a landscaping plant it was named one of the 2008 plants of the year by the Florida Nursery, Growers & Landscape Association.[3]


  1. ^ a b The Legume Phylogeny Working Group (LPWG). (2017). "A new subfamily classification of the Leguminosae based on a taxonomically comprehensive phylogeny". Taxon. 66 (1): 44–77. doi:10.12705/661.3. 
  2. ^ "Mimosa strigillosa". PLANTS Profile. United States Department Of Agriculture. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Mitchell. "THE 2008 PLANTS OF THE YEAR" (PDF). University of Florida IFAS Extension Service, Charlotte County. Retrieved 1 May 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Norcini and Aldrich. "Native Wildflowers: Mimosa strigillosa". University of Florida The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Archived from the original on 1 July 2011. Retrieved 1 May 2011.