Botanist's Glossary

Mimosa - Acacia decurrens

  • Description
    • The mimosa (Fabaceae family) is an evergreen Australian tree that grows to a height of 15 to 20 meters. These days it is widespread in favorable climates in all continents. Its pale silvery green leaves are finely divided. The golden yellow, very fragrant flowers form clusters of tiny balls, which weigh down the tree's branches early in the year. Introduced into France in the 19th century, this mimosa is grown for ornamental use, for the cut flowers, and is planted in wind-breaking hedges.
  • Traditions
    • These "winter suns" were sent by the people of Provence all around France to bring some warmth and sunshine from the south to their friends and relatives. It is one of the flowers that contributed to the growth of Grasse. Today, there are many mimosa plantations on the French Mediterranean coasts, to meet demand for the flowers and the needs of the perfume and pharmaceutical industry. With its honeyed scent, it is often used in floral fragrances.
  • Properties
    • We use mimosa absolute, cultivated in the hills of the French Riviera, for its woody, powdery and slightly green scents. It has a bitter base note.