Written by Don Richardson 
Sunshine Mimosa (Mimosa Strigillosa)
Plant Type
Perennial Ground Cover
2-9” tall, spreads
Sun Exposure
Full sun - part shade
Soil Type
Prefers acidic, grows in most
Soil pH
6.2 – 7.1 will tolerate 4.7
Bloom Time
Spring, summer
Hardiness Zones
8a-10b (USDA)
Moist, Well drained, dry
15°F – Is drought tolerant 
Self pollinates
Edible Plant
Medicinal Plant
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Have you ever come across the Sunshine Mimosa plant? If not, you’re in for a treat. This vibrant and unique plant is a great addition to any garden. It has a distinct look that can bring life to any area while also adding some interesting information to your knowledge base. Let’s take a closer look at the Mimosa strigillosa, or Sunshine Mimosa plant.
Where Does it Grow? 
The Sunshine Mimosa plant is native to Florida, Texas and other parts of the southern United States. It grows best in sandy soils but can handle most soil types and can thrive in full sun or partial shade. The plant has a long taproot so it requires deep planting holes when grown from seeds. When planted in well-drained soil, this perennial will easily survive droughts and occasional flooding because of its high tolerance for water levels.  
What Does it Look Like? 
The Sunshine Mimosa is known for its attractive fern-like leaves that are covered with fine hairs. Its leaves are divided into leaflets that can range from one to four inches in length and are arranged in pairs along its stems with each pair at an angle of 90 degrees from the next pair up or down the stem. In late spring, bright flowers will appear on this flowering shrub which will add further interest to your garden throughout the summer months until fall arrives.
How Can You Care For One? 
This shrub requires minimal maintenance once it's established; however, if you wish to encourage more blooms, pruning after flowering is recommended as this will help keep the plant looking neat and tidy over time. The Sunshine mimosa is resistant to most pests but may be susceptible to mites if overwatered or kept too damp so it's important to make sure you give your plants enough space when planting them together so air can circulate freely around them all. Additionally, since they're tolerant of drought conditions, be sure not to over-water! Lastly, fertilizing once every two months with a slow-release fertilizer such as 10-10-10 will help promote healthy growth during its growing season between April - October each year.
 If you're looking for an interesting addition to your garden then look no further than the beautiful Sunshine mimosa! With its distinctive appearance and easy maintenance requirements this shrub will be sure to add life and color wherever it's planted! Plus, with its drought and flood tolerance qualities this makes for a perfect pick for those living in areas where rainfall amounts vary widely throughout the year! So why not give it try today? You won't regret adding this unique beauty into your garden!


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