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Fragrant Mimosa Mimosa borealis


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Fragrant Mimosa
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Alternate name: Pink Mimosa

Family: Fabaceae, Pea view all from this family

Description 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. The fragrant, pink flowers occur in soft, dense ball-shaped clusters about 1/2 in. in diameter.

Habitat Scrub, shrub & brushlands, Canyons & valleys.

Range Rocky Mountains, Southwest, Texas, Plains.

Comments Regular pruning encourages the growth of more branches and flowers. This drought-tolerant plant will tolerate partial shade.

Exposure Preference Sun .

Flower April - June

Native Distribution Oklahoma to Kansas & s.e. Colorado, s. through c. & w. Texas & New Mexico to Mexico

Site Preference Rocky hills; canyons; brushy areas

Soil Preference Rocky soils.