Why in Italy Mimosa Is Gifted on Women's Day

Italy and March are just the right place and time for mimosa flowers.

By: FEDERICO MEROTTO | 06-03-2024 | 3 min read
Flowers Special Days
Mimosa flowers as a symbol for women's day

Italians are used to gifting women a yellow bouquet full of mimosa! The sprig of mimosa was associated with the 8th of March starting in 1946 after the parliamentarian Teresa Mattei offered it to women for Women's International Day.

Just the Right Time for Mimosa

Mimosa flowers bloom at just the right time for Women's Day. Its branches flourish at the end of winter and with their straw yellow color, they instantly dampen the greyness of the cold season, bringing the joy of the coming spring. You may or may not like the intense scent of its open flowers, but they certainly help you to remember the imminent arrival of spring!


Mimosa flowers for womens day
Mimosa is a symbolic flower that represents International Women's Day and celebrates women worldwide
Photo: @leeloothefirst from Pexels


Originally From Australia

Mimosa is a plant belonging to the Mimosaceae family, which was imported to Europe at the beginning of the 19th century: originally from Australia, it found ideal conditions mainly in the 'Riviera dei Fiori', in Sanremo, where it found the ideal climate to grow and develop. Mimosa plants grow in large shrubs or small trees, on open grounds, and in a mild climate. It is an evergreen plant with compound or whole gray-green leaves. The plants grow fast (from 50cm to 1m per year) and begin to give their first flowers after only two years.


Nikki Tibbles with mimosa flowers for IWD
Nikki Tibbles from Wild at Heart with a bouquet of mimosa flowers to celebrate women
Photo: @wildathearthq


When it reaches five years of age it enters full bloom. Mimosa plants require direct sun exposure and neutral to slightly acidic soil. The resistance of the plant depends on the age of the tree and its exposure (to wind and sun). Mimosa plants are naturally resistant to drought and do not tolerate excess water, they begin to suffer from -5 degrees Celsius (23 degrees Fahrenheit) and can even die if the temperature remains at -10 degrees Celsius (14 degrees Fahrenheit) for several days.



Mimosa Gaulois

The mimosa is blooming now and the Mimosa Gaulois is precisely the specific kind needed for 8 March. However, the blooming is conditioned by the weather, which can anticipate and postpone the flowering. Each year harvesting mimosa right for selling during Women's Day is always an unknown factor. Furthermore, it becomes difficult to find mimosa because it is a hard job and many elderly collectors are not replaced by the new generations.



Mimosa Flowers Resemble a Ball

The mimosa flower resembles a ball, is rather delicate, and particularly suffers from wind and rain. Once collected, it must drink water so that it can swell. The growers give the mimosa to cooperatives and wholesalers that pack it in bunches of half a kilo, place it in cold rooms at zero degrees, and place it in boxes that usually contain six bunches, for a total of three kilograms per box. In recent years, the demand for mimosa flowers has been very high especially since new markets have opened up in Eastern Europe, particularly in Russia.


Proud woman celebrating her day with mimosa flowers
Photo: @mcqueensflowers


Let's get ready to celebrate all the amazing women who make a part of this world with these stunning traditional flowers for International Women's Day!

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Federico Merotto

I am helping the flower and plant business bloom with Italian importing wholesaler Merottofiori. Providing flowers for florists and wedding arrangements from Venice to Cortina, Italy.



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