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PlantFiles: Florida Sensitive Brier
Mimosa quadrivalvis var. floridana

Family: Mimosaceae
Genus: Mimosa (mim-MOH-suh) (Info)
Species: quadrivalvis var. floridana

Vines and Climbers

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

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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)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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

Bloom Color:
Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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By Floridian
Thumbnail #1 of Mimosa quadrivalvis var. floridana by Floridian


No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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. It is more toward the center of the state.

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:

Bartow, Florida
Houston, Texas

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