Originating in Australia, mimosa was introduced to Europe in the middle of the 19th century, thanks to scientist and botanist. It thrived on the Côte d'Azur due to the warm climate and the siliceous soil. Planted in 1880 in the Croix des Gardes on the properties of the great winter hosts, such as the Duke of Vallombrosa, the Marquis de Morès and Lord Brougham, it considerably contributed to the development of the cosmetics industry in Grasse. It is also widespread in its wild state throughout the region.
The Horticultural and of Acclimation Society widely contributed to its promotion. The 'mimosistes' (mimosa growers) multiplied in the region, in Mandelieu, Pégomas, Tanneron and La Roquette. Markets developed and wagons full of mimosa left La Napoule station every day for the north of France and abroad.
Having thus participated in the development of the local economy, mimosa is celebrated every year by the inhabitants of Mandelieu-la Napoule. Officially celebrated for the first time in 1931, the Mimosa Festival has since been a great success.