Prairie Mimosa

Biological Name:

Mimosa pigra (Prairie-Mimosa)

Natural Habitat:

Prairie-Mimosa: This plant is native to North America and grows in a variety of habitats, including fields, meadows, and along roadsides.


Prairie mimosa is a type of flowering plant that is commonly found in fields and other grassy areas. It is a member of the Fabaceae family which also includes plants such as peas and beans. Prairie mimosa is a perennial plant that produces long erect stems and clusters of small pink or white flowers. The plant is often used as an ornamental plant because of its attractive flowers and colorful foliage. In some areas prairie mimosa is considered a weed because of its ability to invade cultivated areas and cause damage to crops and other plants.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Is Prairie Mimosa edible?
A: Edible Uses Seed – cooked. Rich in protein but without much flavour[183].

Q: Are mimosa trees toxic to dogs?
A: Why are Mimosa trees dangerous to pets? However, its seedpods are poisonous to pets as they interfere with the neurotransmitters which send signals between nerve cells. Consuming mimosa seeds can result in muscle tremors, spasms, and convulsions.

Q: Are mimosa trees good for anything?
A: Mimosa Trees are a great companion to bees and other pollinators, and because it is sometimes incorporated as an ornamental tree, would be a great addition to a pollinator garden.

Q: Do hummingbirds like mimosa trees?
A: The Mimosa Tree | The hummingbird’s favorite tree – and it could be yours too! Commonly planted near back patios because they attract hummingbirds like no other tree we’ve ever seen.

Q: What will happen if we touch mimosa?
A: When we touch Mimosa pudica (touch me not ), our touch acts as stimulus for plant and it closes its leaves in return. Some chemicals are released from the stem when we touch the plant. These chemicals force water to move out of the cell leading to the loss of turgor pressure. As a result, leaves droop.

Q: Is mimosa poisonous?
A: Characteristics. Mimosa trees produce a seed pod, each of which contain approximately five to 10 seeds. The seeds contain a neurotoxin which, can be toxic to dogs and livestock if ingested.

Q: How do you stop a mimosa tree from spreading?
A: The best way to get rid of a mimosa tree is to cut it down at ground level. Mimosas are able to re-sprout after being cut back so keep an eye out for new growth. To control resprouting, you’ll either have to cut off new growth or use a herbicide on the stump.

Q: What is Illinois Bundleflower used for?
A: The bundleflower is edible and medicinal. The seeds can be cooked and eaten. They are high in protein but lacking in flavor. The bundleflower was used to treat trachoma by the Pauite people who would place five seeds in the eye overnight and then wash out in the morning.

Q: Is kudzu illegal in Illinois?
A: Kudzu is a Noxious weed in Illinois and its control is required by law. Just to be on the safe side, law makers also included it in the state’s Exotic Weed Act to help prevent the spread of this plant by man. It is illegal to plant or sell Kudzu in Illinois.

Q: Is Illinois Bundleflower native to Texas?
A: Illinois Bundleflower, Desmanthus illinoensis, occurs in all of Texas except for far west Texas. It can be found in prairie remnants, railroad right of ways, or in small hidden places that have escaped the notice of foraging live stock and wildlife.

Q: Where can I find bundle flowers?
A: Range & Habitat: The native Illinois Bundleflower occurs primarily in NE Illinois, along the Illinois River valley in central Illinois, and along the Mississippi River valley in SW Illinois, favoring loamy or sandy alluvial soils.

Q: What is the hobo plant?
A: The wild plant is an invasive species from the parsnip family, also known as hobo parsnip for growing along roadsides, and looks like Queen Ann’s Lace but can cause second-degree chemical burns. “A week later redness increased and the itch began.”

Q: What is blood flower used for?
A: Medicinal Uses The root is febrifuge. A decoction is used in the treatment of dysentery and as an eyewash for infected eyes[348 ]. The root contains a glycoside, asclepiadin, which is used as an emetic and purgative[332 , 348 ]. It has been used as a substitute for ipecacuanha[332 ].

Q: Where does Desmanthus Illinoensis grow?
A: Desmanthus illinoensis, commonly called prairie mimosa, Illinois mimosa or Illinois bundle flower, is a Missouri native perennial which occurs in prairies, thickets, glades, rocky slopes/open areas and along railroad tracks throughout much of the State.

Q: How do you grow Desmanthus?
A: Desmanthus seed should be inoculated with the correct strain of bacteria (Leucaena/Desmanthus inoculant) to enable the legume to fix nitrogen from the atmosphere. Sowing the seed just before a rainfall event will enhance the inoculant survival.

Q: How do you grow Desmanthus Illinoensis?
A: Once the majority of the seeds are sprouting, you can sow them into a container of coco coir — lightly bury them just under the soil line. Create a humidity chamber by covering the container with a large sandwich or freezer bag. Leave the illinoensis somewhere in partial to full sun for a few weeks to form seedlings.

Q: Where do common Bonesets grow?
A: Grows up to 4-6 ft. … Performs best in full sun to part shade in average, moist to wet soils. … Very useful and adaptable in the garden, this is an excellent choice for mixed borders, cottage gardens, prairies and meadows, native plant gardens, bog gardens, rain gardens, and naturalized areas.

Q: Where do Pulmonarias grow?
A: Pulmonaria are best planted in moist, well-drained soil of clay, chalk and loam within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. These plants enjoy dappled shade and will often struggle to develop if positioned in an area that is exposed to full sun.

Q: Where do Starflowers grow?
A: Starflower is one of the more common spring wildflowers in eastern North America, occurring in both deciduous and coniferous forests. Depending on latitude and elevation starflowers generally bloom from mid to late spring into early summer.

Q: Where does cottongrass grow?
A: Eriophorum (cottongrass, cotton-grass or cottonsedge) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Cyperaceae, the sedge family. They are found throughout the arctic, subarctic, and temperate portions of the Northern Hemisphere in acid bog habitats, being particularly abundant in Arctic tundra regions.

Q: Where can I plant bundleflower in Illinois?
A: You’ll mostly see Illinois bundleflower growing in meadows or prairies, in disturbed areas, along roadsides, and generally in any type of grasslands. They prefer full sun and soil that drains well and is dry to medium dry. Prairie mimosa tolerates drought and many types of soil.

Q: Do mimosa trees grow in Illinois?
A: Photo © Illinois Department of Natural Resources Illinois mimosa, also known as bundle-flower, can be found in all of Illinois except the northwestern one-fourth of the state. It grows along roads and railroad tracks, in prairies, on levees and in other moist areas.

Q: When should I plant anchusa?
A: Propagating Anchusa Sow seeds of annuals and biennials in mid-spring, where the plants are to flower. Thinning to 9in apart. Root cuttings of perennials can be taken in late autumn.

Q: When should I plant Xerochrysum?
A: Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.

Q: Where do heathers grow best?
A: Where to plant. You can plant heathers in containers or open ground, in free-draining soil that is rich in organic matter. A sunny position is best and will result in more vibrant foliage colours. Heathers will also grow successfully in light shade, such as under high-canopied deciduous trees.

Q: Can you plant Fleurettes outside?
A: Fleurettes offers flower seeds to be planted outside or inside. The typography is fluid and light, evoking the roots of flowers, a tree structure that extends underground.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.