Once known as Acacia, this genus has morphed into a dizzying number of genus. Part of the pea family, Fabaceae.
“The flowers are usually yellow but occasionally white and have many stamens apiece, giving each one a fuzzy appearance. The fruits are legumes and are highly variable in appearance, depending on the species. Acacias are often confused with members of the closely related genus Mimosa.”
Host plants for many butterflies, including: Reakirt’s Blue, Marine Blue, Hubbard’s Small Silkmoth, Mexican Yellow, Mimosa Yellow, Tricolor Buckmoth