Labels: host plants native species nectar plants sulphur. This plant has no children Legal Status. Wetland Status. The name powderpuff refers to the small spherical flowers that rise above the plant's creeping vines. The foliage resembles that of the mimosa tree (Albizia julibrissin) and can be confused with the native mimosa groundcover, known as powderpuff mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa). Can be mowed to 4 inches. Mimosa strigillosa, also known as sunshine mimosa and powderpuff, is a perennial ground cover in the family Fabaceae that is native to nearly all US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico and grows north into Georgia and Arkansas as well. Gray – powderpuff Subordinate Taxa. Great for swales and pond banks. When she gave it to me, she warned me that I need to be careful if I ever decided to put it into the ground because it is nearly "indestructible". This Mimosa strigillosa is a pass along from my friend at work. There are some 400 recorded species of Mimosa some with and some without thorns. Another cool feature is that the leaves will close and move when touched. This plant grows upright and develops a long taproot. Hiya, Looking for Mimosa strigillosa- FL native, sensitive plant, sunshine mimosa- not mimosa pudica w/ the thorns please :-) Preferably seeds but maybe we can swap for rooted plants if you are close by. Powderpuff reproduces by seed and stolons which root to the ground along their length as they spread from the mother plant (Norcini and Aldrich, 2009). Have lots to trade (seeds and plants)- edible and ornamentals- what are you looking for? Also known as "Sensitive Plant" because its leaflets close when touched. Posted 26th May 2010 by Kristen. It covers very quickly a flowers in the warmer months. Sunshine Mimosa: Mimosa strigillosa: 6in: H: S: E: W: D/AV/M: E: Pink "pom-pom" flowers. Sunshine Mimosa, Mimosa strigillosa, is best adapted to average moist sandy loams and is a common native perennial with the heaviest populations in Florida and Louisiana but it is also common along the Texas Gulf Coast. Sunshine Mimosa is a great ground cover, native to Florida. Naomi Powderpuff lacks the small thorns along its stems found on other mimosa species (Ajilvsgi, 2003). Mimosa strigillosa or mimosa powderpuff is a ground cover and is indeed used as food for livestock such as cattle and chickens or turkeys, and is … Mimosa strigillosa Torr. & A. 2 Wart-like seeds can be found on the underside of the branch. It prefers the warm temperatures of Zone 10, though in Zone 9B it may come back in spring after dying back in winter. Sunshine mimosa is a fast grower that does best - and flowers most - in full to part sun. In my neighborhood the thorns would be a good thing... hehehe. 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