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Mimosa quadrivalvis

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Mimosa (mim-MOH-suh) (Info)
Species: quadrivalvis (kwad-rih-VAL-vis) (Info)

Synonym:Schrankia uncinata
Synonym:Mimosa quadrivalvis var. quadrivalvis

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Vines and Climbers

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Plant has spines or sharp edges; use extreme caution when handling

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing rhizomes, tubers, corms or bulbs (including offsets)

Seed Collecting:
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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive TexasPuddyPrint On Jul 3, 2009, TexasPuddyPrint from Edinburg, TX wrote:

This grows wild at the ranch. It serves as a larval host plant for the Reakirt's Blue (Hemiargus isola) butterfly. ~ Cat

Neutral onalee On Jul 12, 2006, onalee from Brooksville, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

The two varieties of M. quadrivalvis are very similar and are separated on technical differences of their leaflets.
Var. angustata - Leaflets with only the median vein evident on the lower surface
Var. floridana - Leaflets with evident lateral venation on lower surface

Variety angustata is a plant of sandhills, flatwoods and mesic hammocks. It is widespread in Florida.

Variety floridana is a plant of scrub and dry sandhills.

Richard P. Wunderlin, Ph.D.
Institute for Systematic Botany
Department of Biology
University of South Florida
Tampa, FL 33620-5200


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Decatur, Alabama
Bartow, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Tallahassee, Florida
Cole Camp, Missouri
Hulbert, Oklahoma
San Isidro, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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