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Desert Cotton Gossypium thurberi

Other Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
gos-SIP-ee-um THUR-ber-eye
Description

Desert Cotton is a wild species in the cotton family.  It grows in partial to full sun with showy cream flowers that bloom in the late summer to early fall.  The leaves are similar to other mallow plants with a soft downy texture.  The soil must remain dry through the winter months to ensure survival through spring.

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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white flowers#velvety#late summer flowers#fall color red#early fall flowers
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#white flowers#velvety#late summer flowers#fall color red#early fall flowers
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Gossypium
    Species:
    thurberi
    Family:
    Malvaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Arizona to Mexico
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 1 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Dry
    Very Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    3 feet-6 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Description:
    Green when immature dry brown pods split in three to reveal purple cottonballs
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Summer
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    Showy 5 petaled white flowers turn pink on their second day
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Velvety
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Red/Burgundy
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Palmasect
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Simple, entire margins, 3-5 lobes. Red fall color.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No