Photo by Melody

PlantFiles: Cotton
Gossypium herbaceum

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gossypium (gos-SIP-ee-um) (Info)
Species: herbaceum (her-buh-KEE-um) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

14 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

9-12 in. (22-30 cm)

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is suitable for growing indoors

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From herbaceous stem cuttings
From seed; sow indoors before last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

Click thumbnail
to view:

By Chamma
Thumbnail #1 of Gossypium herbaceum by Chamma

By Chamma
Thumbnail #2 of Gossypium herbaceum by Chamma

By Evert
Thumbnail #3 of Gossypium herbaceum by Evert

By Mitjo
Thumbnail #4 of Gossypium herbaceum by Mitjo

By Chamma
Thumbnail #5 of Gossypium herbaceum by Chamma

By Chamma
Thumbnail #6 of Gossypium herbaceum by Chamma

By Mitjo
Thumbnail #7 of Gossypium herbaceum by Mitjo

There are a total of 34 photos.
Click here to view them all!


4 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Nefitara On Aug 7, 2012, Nefitara from Port Richey, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I have one growing now from some seeds I got. How exciting is it to grow cotton?!! Not sure what I'll do with it, but I'm happy it's doing good :)

Positive Horseshoe On Feb 9, 2006, Horseshoe from Efland, NC (Zone 7a) wrote:

Wonderful and FUN plant to grow. It can be grown in the ground or in containers. This plant is quite a "movie"! The first flowers that appear are white, then they change to yellow-ish, then to a slight-pink. Once pollinated you'll witness the closed boll, which is green, and as it ripens it'll turn dark. Soon, the cotton itself will declare and pop, or puff(!), from the boll. A wonderful plant to watch through all it's stages!

Positive melody On Jan 1, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

One of the most important crops of the civilized world. Cotton has become one of the most useful cultivated crops, bringing us clothing, paper, oils, and lots of other items so vital to our lives.

It likes a long, hot growing season to produce the best fibers, so the South in the USA is an important growing area, as is Africa, and the Middle East.

It makes for a showy garden plant, and can be grown with success in cooler areas if started indoors.

Positive Chamma On Dec 19, 2002, Chamma from Tennille, GA (Zone 8b) wrote:

We have enjoyed having this in our garden. It is an interesting shrub/tree with its multi-colored flowers and cotton pods sprinkled all over it. It requires minimum care. It is easy to germinate from seeds and actually is self-seeding in zone 11 and could become invasive. After the shrub becomes loaded with cotton pods the branches start to bend from the weight. I heavily prune my shrub once or twice a year. I have plenty of seeds to share.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Phoenix, Arizona
Morrilton, Arkansas
Bradley, Florida
Brandon, Florida
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Naples, Florida
Port Richey, Florida
Augusta, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Saucier, Mississippi
Hillsborough, North Carolina
Hulbert, Oklahoma
Bedford, Texas
De Leon, Texas
Houston, Texas (2 reports)
Midland, Texas

We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2015 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.

Hope for America