Friday, July 24, 2015

Flower Friday: Replace turf with lovely powderpuff

Photo by Lisa Roberts
Powderpuff (Mimosa strigillosa)

Powderpuff (also known as sunshine mimosa) is a prostrate, mat-forming perennial wildflower. Its showy pink to lavender "powderpuff" blooms are globose and have many small flowers. Its leaves are bluish-green and featherlike in appearance. They are twice compound, having 15± pairs of linear leaflets. Its stems are woody to herbaceous.

Powderpuff typically blooms in spring through summer and occurs naturally in open, disturbed areas and along roadsides. It is pollinated
mainly by bees, although it is the host plant for the little sulphur butterfly. 
Polk County roadside adorned with Mimosa strigillosa.
Photo by Steve Woosley

Family: Fabaceae (Legume family)
Native range: Nearly throughout peninsular Florida
Hardiness: Zones 8–10
Soil: Sandy, moist to well-drained soils
Exposure: Full sun to minimal shade
Growth habit: 6–9" tall
Garden tips: Powderpuff is a great groundcover replacement as it is low-growing, spreads readily and tolerates being mowed. It is adaptable to both dry and moist sites. It can be propagated by seed and division.

Powderpuff seeds are available from the Florida Wildflower Cooperative.
Plants are often available at nurseries that specialize in native plants.Visit PlantRealFlorida.org to find a native nursery on your area.

To see where powderpuff occurs naturally, visit www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu/Plant.aspx?id=2162.

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