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Mimosa borealis

Fragrant mimosa, Pink Mimosa

Fabaceae (Pea Family)

Mimosa borealis (Fragrant mimosa)
Stone, Robert L.
The long, slender, intricately-branched stems of this 2-6 ft. deciduous shrub are curving or straight, with small thorns scattered along the branches. Leaves are delicately bipinnate. Sprawling, long-branched thorny shrub with clusters of aromatic flowers. The fragrant, pink flowers occur in soft, dense ball-shaped clusters about 1/2 in. in diameter.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Shrub
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Bipinnate
Size Notes: 2-6
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul


USA: CO , KS , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: OK to KS & s.e. CO, s. through c. & w. TX & NM to Mex.
Native Habitat: Rocky hills; canyons; brushy areas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Cold Tolerant: yes
Heat Tolerant: yes
Soil Description: Rocky soils. Limestone-based, Caliche type, Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam Clay
Conditions Comments: This thorny shrub is covered with small, very fragrant pink puffballs in the spring. It is a good nectar source for bees and butterflies. Great for the xeric garden. Plant away from high traffic areas. Can take extreme heat and harsh conditions once established.


Use Ornamental: Showy, Aromatic, Accent tree or shrub, Rock gardens, Blooms ornamental, Long-blooming, Perennial garden
Use Wildlife: Nectar-insects, Browse, Cover
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
Deer Resistant: High

Last Update: 2007-01-01