Catclaw Mimosa

Catclaw Mimosa-00


Legume Family : Fabaceae

Latin Name : Mimosa biuncifera
Longevity : Perennial
Season : Cool
Origin : Native
Value :
Wildlife – good
Livestock – poor

Remarks :

Catclaw is a deciduous shrub with branches that have thorns that appear as the claws of a cat, thus, “Catclaw”. This woody plant can range in size from three to ten feet tall. Flowers from April to October. Deer will consume the leaves and quail and other birds will eat the seed. Small mammals and birds use catclaw for protection, nesting, and roosting. Native Americans used the seed in a mush form for back pain relief. Adapted to dry gravelly mesas, sides of canyons, and banks of arroyos.