Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’

Plant of the month: January

Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’

Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’ (Cootamundra wattle), also known as golden mimosa, is native to southern New South Wales in Australia – cultivar is of garden of origin.

It blooms in winter, and wild species can be found in open woodland or on stony, hilly, arid land.

You can find golden mimosa in our Arid House.

Acacia baileyana ‘Purpurea’ facts


This beautiful Australian tree has silver and  purple fern-like foliage and bright yellow, globular, fragrant flowers and is widely known as “mimosa”. A useful bee plant for making honey in the southern hemisphere. Flowering in winter, it is of great value in the Northern Hemisphere. The colour Cootamundra Wattle is used by the Australian Capital Territory Fire Brigade as their colour scheme for firefighting appliances.