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Velvet Pod Mimosa, Tamarix-flowering Mimosa
Scientific Name: Mimosa dysocarpa Benth. ex A. Gray
Family: Fabaceae
Velvet Pod Mimosa, Tamarix-flowering Mimosa (Mimosa  dysocarpa) Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 8-10

Frost Tolerance: Hardy to the low twenties (-6C)

Heat Tolerance: Water once a month in summer in the low desert to keep lush.

Sun Exposure: Full sun

Origin: USA (Texas to Arizona), Northeastern Mexico, canyons and hillsides, 3,500 to 6,500 feet in elevation (1000 to 2000 meters)

Growth Habits: Spiny shrub, growing slowly up to 8 feet tall and wide (2.4 m), generally less

Watering Needs: Deep watering once a month when established

Propagation: Seeds

Host to a variety of moths.

Velvet Pod Mimosa, Tamarix-flowering Mimosa (Mimosa  dysocarpa)

Blooming Habits:
The velvet pod mimosa blooms in late summer. The flowers in fuzzy catkins, are magenta when they open and turn pink and then white as they age. The catkins are elongated, up to 2 inches long. They are followed by fuzzy pods.

Fruiting Habits:

The Moths of Southeastern Arizona

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