Sherrie S
Sherrie S
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  • Debary, FL
Asked on Mar 15, 2012

new plant to me

Bklynbetts65Sch8769026Sue Kiene
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Yesterday I bought the Mimosa plant. It had a cute pink flower & it appears to be a ground cover. I only bought 3 plants to try it out.
Could I use this in a large area that is very shady? The shade tolerent grass died.
three little plants
three little plants
another view of 3 little plants
another view of 3 little plants
19 answers
  • Walter Reeves
    on Mar 16, 2012

    some folks consider it a weed. I'll let you decide. It typically likes full sun but might do OK in moderate shade. see http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/2573/

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 16, 2012

    It's a native (and a larval food source for the little sulphur butterfly) that's becoming quite popular around here, Sherrie. It probably gets its weedy reputation from its fast growth, so best to plant it where there are some barriers. (You'll find it in the medians in the Pavilion at Port Orange shopping center for example.) It won't be happy in deep shade. More info from the University of Florida Extension Service: http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Mimosa.pdf

  • Sherrie S
    on Mar 16, 2012

    I'm planning this for my backyard which has concrete borders to keep it from taking over. My yard is very large for a subdividion & I don't want just mulch in some areas so I will give it a try. I have Roundup in case it is a problem. Thank you Walter & Douglas.

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Mar 17, 2012

    I'll be anxious to hear how it does for you. I am thinking of putting some in a contained area under a crepe myrtle.

  • Sherrie S
    on Mar 17, 2012

    Douglas, after reading your posting about the sulphur butterfly I think I will plant the mimosa in a sunny bed where I have milk weeds for Monarchs and other butterfly plants. The bed has concrete borders so some wild plant won't take over the whole yard. Walter, weeds are OK in some instances (like milk weeds). Thank you both for the valuable info. Today is Roundup day for the bad weeds.

  • Sherrie S
    on May 7, 2012

    Well douglas I can say this is a fast growing, healthy looking plant even though it is in full sun all day. I am glad I got it because it is the only plant that could live in that full sun area. It is within concrete borders so it won't take over everything. I'm glad I bought it.

  • Sandra R
    on May 8, 2012

    I've never seen this before, we have the trees. Is this something for the south only?

  • Douglas Hunt
    on May 8, 2012

    Sandra, the latin name is Mimosa strigillosa. It is hardy to zone 8B.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 29, 2012

    Douglas, those three little plants grew like nuts. I had them surrounded by concrete but I could't contain them. They were pretty pink and kept making bigger flowers but they were too invasive for me. I dug the 3 plants up today and it was difficult to get ALL of their runners. I'll be watching this area!!! LIKE - NO!

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 29, 2012

    Walter, I forgot to mention I really believe it is a weed and to think I purchased it??

  • Douglas Hunt
    on Jul 30, 2012

    We live and learn, don't we, Sherrie? Based on your experience I'm now unlikely to plant that.

  • Sherrie S
    on Jul 30, 2012

    Yes we do learn. You're making a good choice NOT planting them.

  • Terra Gazelle
    on Jun 7, 2015

    I had a Mimosa tree...big and tall..with the leaves like your plant with pink fluffy flowers.

  • Angela Carter DePew
    on May 6, 2016

    I LOVE sensitivit plants! Weed or not! I believe they can be grown in containers too.

  • Sue Kiene
    on May 16, 2016

    yes they are pretty. And I also have a mimosa tree. Love them

  • Sherrie S
    on May 22, 2016

    I would love a Mimosa tree but the plant is like a weed in growth. I would hope the tree didn't become an invasive tree in Florida.

  • Sue Kiene
    on May 23, 2016

    You can pick up the pods and help keep down possible babies as once they start blooming there are quite a few pods but the pods are easy to see and takes a while for them to dry out to open. I live near the Ohio Michigan border and up here you do not see a very many of them because people do not know about them or the people that do, to protect them for the first couple of winters to get them properly established. I started one at my old house and got it established and last year I started one at my new house. I can see the little leaves and new branches getting ready to start shooting out. I started one for some friends of mine who are avid gardeners and theirs got ate by the bunnies down to the ground. So I have 3 more started (maybe more if I am lucky) and will get them established and found new homes or maybe just out in my yard since I have a couple of acres with few trees. I have other new baby trees plus others up to about 10 years old so no real big shade trees established.

  • Sch8769026
    on Sep 26, 2016

    I planted two mimosa and it has spread very fast thru both full sun and shade. It is a pretty ground cover but weeds can grow in it and it is hard to keep "clean".

    • Sherrie S
      on Sep 26, 2016

      It is also hard to contain. I removed those 3 little plants within a couple months of purchase because they kept spreading like weeds. I'd hate to see what they would do in a year.

  • Bklynbetts65
    on Oct 10, 2016

    From Wikipedia - lots more information if you check the links: the tree: Albizia julibrissin, Persian silk tree, called Mimosa in the United States https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albizia_julibri... the plant: Mimosa pudica, sensitive plant - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mimosa_pudica

    • Sherrie S
      on Oct 10, 2016

      Thank you but I got rid of it. It grows like a weed and takes over. I'm glad I didn't wait because it moves fast. I have 2 acres so I don't have a tiny yard and I think that plant would like all of the 2 acres. Concrete borders wouldn't hold it back.

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