Powderpuff (Mimosa strigillosa)
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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, but is the host plant for the little sulphur (Eurema lisa) butterfly.
Family: Fabaceae (Legume family)
Native range: Nearly throughout peninsular Florida
To see where natural populations of powderpuff have been vouchered, visit www.florida.plantatlas.usf.edu.
Soil: Sandy, moist to well-drained soils
Exposure: Full sun to minimal shade
Growth habit: 6–9” tall
Propagation: Seeds, cuttings
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 plants are often available at nurseries that specialize in native plants. Visit PlantRealFlorida.org to find a native nursery on your area.