Quail-Friendly Plants of the Midwest
- Mimosa quadrivalvis var. nuttallii
- Devil's shoestrings, Mimosa
Stems trail along the ground and are covered with short, hooked barbs.
©Ted Bodner, USDA-NRCS Plants Database
This trailing legume of dry prairies, glades and rocky savannas has a distinctive appearance. The prostrate stems are covered with hooked barbs. Doubly compound, featherlike leaves close rapidly when touched or disturbed. Flower clusters are just as distinctive, a fuchsia ball dotted with contrasting yellow stamens. Like the stems, seedpods are covered with barbs, but when opened reveal many seeds about 1/8 inch across.
May to September
Use by bobwhites
A legume, sensitive brier is used by bobwhites as a food source and as a component of brood habitat. Quail nests have been found in and under sensitive brier, where it may afford better protection from predators than plants without the sharp thorns.
MP903, new May 2008