Sunshine mimosa (Mimosa strigillosa) is a deep-rooted, drought tolerant perennial with an unusual distribution: it is native to Arkansas, Florida, southern Georgia, Lousiana, western Mississippi, Texas, and Mexico in the northern hemisphere and in Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay in the southern hemisphere. Unlike most species in the genus Mimosa, which are woody and prickly, sunshine mimosa is an unarmed perennial with prostrate stems that root where they contact the ground. As a result, it makes an excellent lawn substitute that does not require mowing and can take light foot traffic.
Photographed in the garden of Robert F. Hopper.
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