Gossypium hirsutum

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Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 9B 

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Wild Cotton


Plant Specifics

Size:6-8 ft tall by 5-7 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:White
Fruit Color:White
Phenology:Winter dormant
Habitats:Dry sites. Tropical hammock, coastal berm, shell mound. Disturbed area.


Recommended Uses:Use as a short-lived "shrub". Dies back with freezing but will re-sprout from the roots. Use as a specimen plant.
Light: Full Sun
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
Moisture Tolerance: Not wet but not extremely dry ----- to ----- Somewhat long very dry periods
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray Tolerance:Some tolerance to salty wind but not direct salt spray.
Soil/Substrate:Loam, Sand




Larval host plant for gray hairstreak (Strymon melinus) butterflies.

Flowers attract bees, flies, thrips, grass hoppers, and beetles, and ants (Kale 2014).