Winter Blooms on France’s Route of Gold

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While much of France is still stuck in late-Winter’s chill, the almost year-round sunshine of the Cote d’Azur offers ample opportunities to explore ‘La Route des Mimosas,’ a “trail” spanning eight villages centered around the beautiful golden mimosa tree.

One of the many plants introduced to Europe following Captain Cook’s famous 19th century voyage of discovery to Australia was Acacia dealbata, a shrubby tree that subsequently made its way down to the Mediterranean coast of France with the many English gentry who had summer residences there. Conditions proved ideal for this plant, which became known as mimosa locally, and soon the French Riviera had one of the largest mimosa forests in Europe.

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