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Mimosa nuttallii - Sensitive Briar - 20 Fresh Seeds
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Mimosa nuttallii - Sensitive Briar - 20 Fresh Seeds

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Mimosa nuttallii - Sensitive Briar THIS IS A LISTING FOR A PACK OF 20 SEEDS. Mimosa nuttallii, theCatclaw Briar or Sensitive Briar, is a herbaceous perennial legume inthe subfamily Mimosoideae. It has a trailing semiwoody vine coveredwith small recurved prickles that can be painful to bare skin.The ribbed stems of this plant usually grow to 4 ft. or more and arebranched. Plants rarely reach more than 1-2 ft. in height. Thefrond-like leaves are alternate with prickly stalks. The bipinnateleaf blades are divided into 4-9 pairs of small segments, and theseare again divided into 8-15 pairs of tiny leaflets. Leaflets areelliptic, glabrous, with a prominent midrib. Like a few other speciesof Mimosa (such as M. pudica), the leaves fold up when touched ordisturbed. It is also said that the roots of M.nuttallii give off anacrid, garlic like smell when disturbed. This may be an additionaldefense mechanism of the plant.The tiny flowers occur in congested bunches. Before they open, theylook much like small green bramble fruits. Each individual flower hasfive minute petals and 8-10 conspicuous stamens. When open, thepink-purple stamens form a globelike cluster at the tip of theirleafless stalk. Yellow spores can be often be seen highlighting thetips. The globes are about 0.5 to 0.75" across (about 1.3-2 cm).Flowers and fruits appear from May to September.The fruit of the Catclaw Brier is a long, slender, rounded pod thathas a covering of dense prickles, typically about 3-7 cm (1.2-2.8 in)long.Habitat includes disturbed areas of sandy or silty soils, roadsides,grasslands, prairies and forest margins. It is known to be verynutritious for livestock, who will seek it out. Hardy in zones 4a to 9, it is tolerant of a wide range of conditions.Full instructions can be downloaded from my website, details of whichare on my 'Me' page

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