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PlantFiles: Australian Native Cotton
Gossypium australe

Family: Malvaceae (mal-VAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Gossypium (gos-SIP-ee-um) (Info)
Species: australe (aw-STRAL-ee) (Info)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer

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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
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Seed Collecting:
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral trifunov On Oct 22, 2004, trifunov from Brandon, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant is native to Australia. It is a dense ornamental shrub with pink or white flowers in spring and summer. It is frost sensitive. Likes sandy soils. Related to cultivated cotton. Also called the "Desert Rose" in Australia, as flower looks similar to a hibiscus, with a dark red center and pink outer. It is drought tolerant, can be pruned to shape, and attracts birds (in Australia, at any rate...).

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