wait a minute, i'm so pink

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velvetpod mimosa
mimosa dysocarpa
fabaceae

  • NORMALLY 4 x 4', can get to 6'

  • bright pink FLOWERS SPRING THROUGH FALL

  • deciduous shrub

  • MODERATE WATER (TERRACE ZONE)

  • FULL SUN to part shade

  • HARDY TO ABOUT 15º F

  • NECTAR PLANT FOR hummingbirds, BUTTERFLIES AND NATIVE BEES

  • larval food plant for butterflies

This plant is pretty but... wait a minute...be respectful. Much like its relative "wait-a-minute" bushes (Mimosa spp.) and the catclaw acacia (Senegalia greggii), the velvetpod mimosa (Mimosa dysocarpa) has curved spines like a rose-thorn that can tear a person up if they get into a tangle with it.

We like it for that reason--people often get a little too casual and don't respect nature as they should, so some people need a reminder that not only is the desert beautiful, it also is formidable.

This gorgeous, deciduous shrub grows an average of 4 feet tall and wide though it can reach 6 feet both ways. If you want it to be smaller, very respectfully prune branches back in late winter. 

Starting in summer the velvetpod mimosa will start blooming with deep pink catkins that last until about October, sometimes even later in warmer microclimates. 

Plant in full to part sun and give moderate water, and lots of space (don't plant this near a walkway). Because it is dormant in winter (and thorny), it makes a better backdrop than foreground plant. 

The flowers are loved by nectar-feeding insects like butterflies, native bees, and hummingbirds. It is also a larval food plant for many moths and butterflies, like the Montana small silkmoth (Sphingicampa montana). 

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Katherine Gierlach