Back in September I found a very strange looking seed bundle:
It formed on a nicely shaped shrub with really attractive leaves. I took a couple of the seeds home and put them into a pot. They sprouted last week but I still had no idea what they were.
The leaves placed it somewhere in the pea family — but — the pea family is huge. I wasn’t even going to go there. haha Then today I accidentally stumbled onto its identity. It is one of the mimosas. This one has white puff ball flowers. The leaves do that nice trick of closing if you touch them.
Some of its common names: bundleflower, prickleweed, prairie mimosa.
The Lady Bird WIldflower site says they are quite uncommon in the Edwards Plateau but frequent in North Central Texas. They don’t like compacted clay or coarse sands.
Here’s a neat bit of synchronicity. I, once again, am overcome with poison ivy welts. Go ahead, laugh. My husband says it is my own fault for doing that weird thing called “going outside.” The worst of it started to clear up and then mysteriously spread to my left eye this morning. I look like a boxer losing the match.
The good news: today I learned the “Pawnees used leaf tea as wash for itching. Hopi used seeds placed in eye for conjunctivitis.”
The seeds are nutritious AND as a member of the pea family it fixes nitrogen into the soil.
But most important for my self-centred concern: maybe the universe is actually showing some freaking compassion for my poor eye. =)
I don’t think I will stick a seed into my eye but I am definitely going to try the leaf tea …