Our community chimed in, and all around the globe, I received comments and direct messages about the mimosa video I shared yesterday. So, I created a video for you to PROVE that this florist varietal grown in France does not have a lot of pollen. And, boy, do I wish you could smell her baby-powder fragrance!
With its golden yellow pompoms, mimosas are tiny balls of sunshine that brighten any room. Their season is primarily mid-January through the end of March in France. I have included a list below for those who would like to discover the species grown here (and perhaps compare against the hayfever-inducing types back in your home country).
The mimosa is part of the Acacia genus, with more than a thousand species mainly native to Australia. But according to @jardineriestruffaut the most popular and marketed varieties in France are winter mimosas or Mimosa dealbata and its hybrids.
The species in my house right now is the Acacia dealbata (Gallic mimosa). Nicknamed “the mimosa of florists,” this species offers a superb winter flowering. Its flowering takes place in January-February in the form of small golden yellow flowers in the shape of pompoms. I can identify it by the feathery leaves I share with you in the video.
Acacia floribunda is a shrub that also offers particularly abundant and fragrant flowering. Its foliage is light green and composed of multiple small ears, creamy yellow from February to April.
Another mimosa I am excited to discover is the Acacia longifolia (caterpillar mimosa). With long and thin leaves, its flowering takes place in February-March with fluffy, yellow, and flexible caterpillars. So fun!
Thanks again for all of the fantastic comments and participating in our community. I appreciate all of you and hope you have a wonderful weekend.
Bisous and big hugs from France,