Desert Cotton, Kapok Bush
Aerva javanica

Family: Amaranthaceae
Genus: Aerva (AY-er-va) (Info)
Species: javanica (juh-VAHN-ih-kuh) (Info)

Category:

Perennials

Shrubs

Foliage Color:

Silver/Gray

Bloom Characteristics:

Flowers are good for cutting

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Where to Grow:

Suitable for growing in containers

Height:

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Mid Summer

Foliage:

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Gardeners' Notes:

1
positive
0
neutrals
0
negatives
RatingContent
Positive

On Feb 13, 2010, IRFAN_LODHI from faisalabad
Pakistan (Zone 10b) wrote:

Aerva javanica) Desert Cotton,Kapok bush
It has a native distribution from Northern Africa(Morocco,Cape Verde Islands and Cameroun through Uganda and Tanzania to Madagascar. )to south western regions of Asia(Burma, India,Sri Lanka and Arabian desert ) and also Introduced in Australia and elsewhere .
The plant is a herbaceous plant, multistemmed, soft-wooded, with broad leaves frequently woody and suffruticose or growing in erect clumps,
The seedheads are harvested for their soft fibres, rubbed between the palms and used as kapok for pillows. It is called Bilhangga in the languages of the Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma people, the English term is Kapok Bush.