Mimosa – Acacia dealbata
Symbolism: Mimosa flowers represent freedom, autonomy, strength, sensibility, and sensitivity. They are associated with International Women's Day, originating in Italy.
Description: Mimosa flowers feature woody, trailing stems that are 10-20 inches long. They have twice-compound leaves and tiny, pale yellow, delicately fragrant flowers on rounded heads that are ½ inch or smaller. Acacias and mimosa are very similar and belong to the same family of mimosaceae.
Named after: The name Mimosa is derived from the Greek word mimos, meaning “actor” or “mime”, while the suffix means “resembling”. This is likely because the leaves are said to mimic conscious life.
Latin/Scientific name: Acacia dealbata
Native to: Southeastern Australia, specifically New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania
Flowering period: January until March
Vase life: 4 to 5 days
Popular use in floral arrangements or bouquets: Branches of Mimosa blossom clusters and leaves add motion to a bouquet and work well as fillers.
When in stock in our shops: Around the beginning of March, just in time for International Women's Day.