"hot-house exotics crammed beside mimosa"
Acacia dealbata
Creative Commons AttributionAcacia dealbata - Credit: miluz

A hothouse is a heated glasshouse which allows flowers and fruit to be grown out of season, or in geographical locations where they are not native species.

Mimosa is a genus containing about 400 species of shrubs and herbs. Several mimosas, such as Mimosa tenuiflora and Mimosa verrucosa, have a fern-like quality which may make them suitable for flower-arranging.

However, "mimosa" is also the name given to Acacia dealbata (also known as silver wattle or blue wattle) which is particularly popular with florists.


Mimosa verrucosa
Creative Commons AttributionMimosa verrucosa - Credit: Joäo de Deus Medeiros