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Mimosa microphylla

Sensitive Briar

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Mimosa microphylla (Sensitive Briar)

This interesting species can be found throughout the southeastern United States. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its pom-pom inflorescences, prickly stems, and sensitive leaflets. The leaflets fold together immediately after being disturbed and usually unfold about 3-5 minutes later. Widespread and abundant from May through September, on roadsides and in open fields.

Additional Information:
The genus nameMimosa derives from the Latin "mim(o)" meaning "mimic, an actor" referring to the action of the leaflets.

The species epithet microphylla derives from the Greek "micr" meaning "small" and "phyll" meaning "a leaf" referring to the tiny leaflets of this species.

12-18 Inches


12-18 Inches


Bloom/Seasonal Color
Medium Pink

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-9

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Characteristics & Attributes

Nature Attracting


Season of Interest

Mid (May-June)
Late (July-frost)

Sun Exposure

Full Sun