Hardy Silk Tree, Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) 20 Seeds

  • $ 5.25

Other common names
Pink siris, Lenkoran acacia, Bastard tamarind. Iranian: Shabkhosb. Nepali: Rato siris

Listed as hardy from zone 6-10.  In it's natural range temperatures of -13F in the winter are common.  We are testing this species here in Zone 4a.  We are very tuned into the temperature changes  and believe testing warmer zone plants is appropriate. 

The tree's flower heads have been used for a wide range of digestive, sedative and tonic medicinal purposes. The bark is used to cure bruises and as a vermicide for intestinal worms. The seeds are used as a food for livestock. The sweetly-scented flowers are a good nectar source for honeybees. The timber is used for furniture making. 

The stem bark has been used as a sedative for hundreds of years as recorded in the Pharmacopeia of the People's Republic of China, and as an anti-inflammatory agent for swelling and pain in the lungs and to treat skin ulcers, wounds, bruises, abscesses, boils, hemorrhoids, and fractures, as well as to remove carbuncles. The dried stem bark is used as a tonic in China and Japan. Indigenous people living in the southern mountainous region of Korea prepare the root as an infusion for bone diseases. In India, a chloroform and methanol seed extract has been used to treat bronchitis, asthma, leprosy, and glands infected by tuberculous.A bark extract to treat insomnia, diuresis, asthenia, and confusion has been used in Asia. The plant's flowers have been used to treat symptoms associated with palpitations, anxiety, depression, and insomnia.*

*Foxgreen Farm, LLC can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants. Always seek advice from a professional before using a plant medicinally.

How to grow:

Soak seed 24 hours in hot water and sow in a warm area.  Seeds prefer 66°F so an indoor late winter or early spring location is ideal.  Keep soil moist but not drenched. Germinates in 2 - 3 months(can be much sooner). Scarification helps speed this process.  Before soaking, take seed and rub between a folded sheet of medium sandpaper.  Do not rub through the seed coat.  You just want to roughen the exterior seed shell. Expect about 25 - 33% germination. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots of fairly rich soil when they are large enough to handle and grow them in a protected area the first year.   Plant out in late spring or early summer and consider giving them some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors