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PlantFiles: Velvet Pod Mimosa, Gatuno, Velvetpod Catclaw
Mimosa dysocarpa var. wrightii

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Mimosa (mim-MOH-suh) (Info)
Species: dysocarpa var. wrightii

6 members have or want this plant for trade.


24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
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

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Blooms repeatedly


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)
7.9 to 8.5 (alkaline)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive AridTropics On Nov 13, 2013, AridTropics from Bradenton , FL wrote:

Acquired a semi-dormant specimen of this plant while visiting Tucson back in March. Filled out rapidly and was in bloom by mid May. Flowering stopped sometime in mid October.
Overall, id rate it as a great plant for a full sun arid-type landscape, tucked away in a corner where the small, but prickly thorns can't scratch a passer by. Throw in any number of heat loving Salvia species, and some Sundrops, (Calylophus ssp.) and you have a very colorful summer display that will thrive on very little water after establishment.

Flowers are a radiant pinkish magenta when they first appear, fading to near-white. Foliage is the classic Mimosa-like look. Seeds can be mistaken for large grains of sand and are hard to locate once they break loose from ripened seedpods. As rarely as this species is encountered outside of it's native range, the flowers alone are worth adding to the garden.

Positive Limestonelin On Aug 19, 2013, Limestonelin from SPRING BRANCH, TX wrote:

Several yrs. ago, we planted 2 plants in native, unammended soil. for whatever reason- may be too far north of its range, it didn't get cared for,etc, they did not grow much After several yrs. of neglect, I began mulching and watering a bit and they are responding with a little growth and a couple of blooms. It is amazing how much heat and dry conditions this mimosa can accept! It may not add alot to my garden but since we are wild-scaping, I am glad to have it. In the Texas hill country, the mimosa borealis is the star, growing wild and flowering heavily. Mimosa dysocarpa blooms in late summer here and the mimosa borealis blooms in the spring.

Positive htop On Nov 9, 2003, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

San Antonio, Texas
Although I do not have this small to medium sized shrub planted in my yard, I have seen it growing at the San Antonio Botanical Garden. A Texas native plant, the velvet pod mimosa is found abundantly in the Chisos and Davis Mountains of the Trans-Pecos area of Texas, north into New Mexico and Arizona and south into Mexico. The foliage resemble a typical mimosa, but are much smaller. It has many short branches that produce fragrant, pinkish-purple, cylindrical flower spikes that resemble elongated small bottle brush blooms. Each petal is tipped with white and reflects the light which causes the bloom to look like fiber optics. As the blooms age, they fade to white; thus, the plant has various colors of blooms on it at one time. As the 1 to 2 inch long fruit matures, it develops a reddish brown velvety outercoat; this is why its common name is velvet pod mimosa. The branches are a beautiful reddish brown. It will tolerate extreme drought, extreme heat and reflected heat. Gambel's and scaled quail feast on the seeds and the leaves are enjoyed by livestock if they have access to the plants. It is an excellent plant to use in a xeriscaped landscape, as a specimen or in a large container. It is sure to bring attention to itself. (Note: This species is not as "prickly" as other species.)


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

Hereford, Arizona
Phoenix, Arizona
Austin, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Spring Branch, Texas

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