Mimosa Seed (Silk Tree)

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Mimosa Seed (Silk Tree)

Adds an African savannah look to your yard. Beautiful powder-puff blooms. Bark and flowers with medicinal qualities. (Albizzia julibrissin)

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Native to Asia and Africa, Mimosa was introduced into North America as an ornamental in the mid 1700’s. It is now naturalized along roadsides, thickets, and woodland borders, westward to Indiana and southward to Florida, Louisiana and parts of California. It should not be planted in areas where it is not already established. Easy to grow, it is tolerant of drought and pollution. The twice-compound leaves look like the leaves of the Sensitive-plant as they curl up on a cool evening. The graceful arching limbs bear flowers with conspicuous showy stamens that resemble large pink powder-puffs. The Chinese name for this tree is He Huan. Medicinal qualities: According to Michael Tierra, it is a powerful medicinal plant which is a fast-acting mood-lifter for certain types of depression and anxiety. The Chinese indicate that He Huan enters the heart and liver channels and it has sedating and spirit-calming properties, especially for anyone experiencing a profound heartbreaking loss. Dr. Jim Duke’s herbal database cites dosages based on extracts of 9 to 15 gm for the flowers or 9 to 30 gm for the bark. Cautions: contraindicated during pregnancy, when driving, or when using an antidepressant drug.

Garden Medicinals offers over 220 varieties of medicinal and culinary herb seeds, roots, and select heirloom vegetable and ethnic flower seed. All seeds are non-gmo, open-pollinated and untreated. Most seeds are naturally grown and a few are certified organic. Our vegetable seeds do especially well in hot, humid climates where vegetable production can be difficult. Our herb selection also includes dormant root stock of ginger, ginseng, goldenseal, black cohosh, false unicorn, and wild yam.

Note: Medicinal uses of herbs mentioned in our store are not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Please see a qualified medical practitioner for diagnosis if you have a health problem.


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