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Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn
Mimosa dysocarpa Benth.
Velvetpod mimosa, Velvet-pod mimosa, Gatuno
USDA Symbol: MIDY
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Velvet-pod mimosa is a deciduous shrub with markedly hairy leaves, twigs and pods. Usually 2 ft. tall, the shrub can reach 6 ft. with many branches spreading widely from the base. It has thorns in groups of 3 all along the 3-sided stem. The compound leaves are alternate, made up of 16–20 leaflets which, in turn, have several smaller leaflets. When touched, they close like those of the sensitive briar. Large numbers of small flowers grow along a short stem forming a 2-inch cylindrical plume, consisting of 20–30 buds that bloom at the same time. Flower heads are composed of 3–8 such plumes clustered on the end of each stem. They are slightly fragrant.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
AZ , NM , TX Native Distribution:
W. TX to AZ, s. to Mex. Native Habitat:
Arroyos; brushy hillsides; 3500 to 6500 ft. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Low Light Requirement:
Sun , Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Dry Drought Tolerance:
High Soil Description:
Rocky soils. Conditions Comments:
Fuzzy flowers up to 2 inches long are deep pink to magenta when open, fading to pink and then white as they age. This plant is extremely drought tolerant and can take reflected heat. The one to two inch fruit
develops a a reddish brown velvety surface. Plant 2 to 3 feet apart in soil with excellent drainage. It is propagated by scarified seeds or semihardwood cuttings. Regular pruning encourages growth of more branches and flowers.
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
Nectar Source: yes
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Record Modified: 2009-04-23
Research By: DEW, JSC