Mimosa, a winter sun

Mimosa, a winter sun

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Unmissable on the French Riviera, mimosas offer in February the spectacle of a lemon yellow fireworks, which attract tourists from all over the world. Magnificent during their flowering period, they give off a totally addictive powdery scent which makes this shrub from Australia one of the most interesting varieties of winter. But did you know that mimosa can bloom all year round all over France? To grow sun on your balcony, follow the guide!

The Australian shrub has found an ideal climate in the South of France

A shrub that has traveled a lot

Contrary to what one might think, the mimosa does not originate from Grasse or Bormes-les-Mimosas. It was not until the end of the 19th century that Provençaux discovered this funny shrub that botanists call Acacia dealbata and which is covered with small yellow pompoms in the middle of winter. Native to Australia, the mimosa was discovered by the English (thank you Captain Cook), who then introduced it to the French coast while coming to spend their holidays there. Very demanding, the mimosa has found on the Côte d'Azur and the Atlantic coast the dry and hot summers and the mild winters that it likes. Very quickly, the winter mimosa became a real phenomenon, and during its entire flowering period, it made it wait for spring in beauty. Throughout France, florists sell golden yellow bouquets, which certainly do not last long in a vase but are magic to fight against greyness.

Mimosa grows very quickly, and can even become invasive for other varieties

Mimosa, instructions for use

The mimosa only grows in the open ground by the sea, by the Mediterranean or on the Atlantic Coast. Favor sandy soils and remember that mimosa can quickly reach several meters in height. Do not water too often, especially avoiding hard water and prune every year after flowering ... In case of heavy frosts (-5 °), do not forget to protect your shrubs with winter veil and thick mulch . Find all our maintenance tips!

1300 varieties of mimosa have been listed worldwide, some of which bloom several times a year

Mimosa on my balcony

But if you don't live in a mimosa region, know that many varieties grow very well in tubs in most of our regions. Opt for a large pot, place a layer of clay balls at the bottom to ensure optimal drainage and bring your mimosa away in case of extreme cold. To put the odds on your side, take advice from your garden center to find the variety best suited to your environment. Note, for example, that the four season mimosa, Acacia retinodes, flowers several times a year, in spring and autumn. Tempting, right?

We take out our most beautiful vase: the bouquet of mimosa, a touch of yellow and a perfume of Provence in the house

Any mimosa fan?

If the scent of mimosas intoxicates you with pleasure and the sight of a landscape saturated with yellow makes you cheer up, it's time to celebrate the flowering of mimosas in the South! Until the end of February, many festivities take place in Bormes-les-Mimosas, Mandelieu-la-Napoule Rayol-Canadel-sur-Mer, Sainte-Maxime, Saint-Raphaël, Tanneron, Pégomas and Grasse… As each year, the show promises to be already dazzling!