Sensitive Briar - Mimosa roemeriana

Sensitive Briar – Mimosa roemeriana


Here’s another plant that has changed scientific names while remaining with the common name. My older field guides say this is in the Schrankia genus, with several similar species (which are not listed in the guides, although one mentions that some folks think they’re all the same species). Meanwhile, the NPIN at the Wildflower Center, whose page was last updated in 2007, says this is Mimosa Roemeriana. Still a member of the Fabaceae or Pea family, though. Still, this persistent little weed makes for an interesting ground cover, although it does sprawl a bit. I’ve got in the space between the street curb and the sidewalk, and I think I will cultivate it rather than try to eradicate it, which hasn’t worked out in the past. And it does have those lovely little pink puffballs of flowers…