Gossypium barbadense, Gossypium peruvianum , Pima cotton

Gossypium barbadense, Gossypium peruvianum

Pima cotton
Family: Malvaceae
Origin: Tropical America
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunRegular waterYellow, orange flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Gossypium barbadense (Pima Cotton) is a large shrub native to Tropical America that has recently become popular around the world as an ornamental and ethnomedical plant. It can reach a height of five to ten feet tall and prefers full sun exposure. Like other members of the cotton family, Gossypium barbadense requires consistent and regular water to thrive.

This bush is most recognized for its stunning yellow and orange flowers, which begin to bloom in late spring. The Gossypium barbadense is not only used as an ornamental piece in landscaping, but has also been used in traditional healing and medicine for centuries. Traditionally, its leaves have been brewed as a tea for stomach upset, and its cotton has been used for wound dressing.

Though its natural habitat lies in tropical climates, Gossypium barbadense can be grown in USDA Hardiness Zones 9-11. When growing this bush in cold climates, it should be planted in a pot and brought inside for the winter. Alternatively, it can be treated as a seasonal flower and replaced every year.

Gossypium barbadense is relatively easy to care for. It needs regular watering and occasional fertilizer to ensure that it grows large and lush. If pests are present, they can be treated with organic or chemical sprays as necessary. This plant requires minimal pruning and maintenance, making it an ideal option for gardeners of any skill level.

If you are looking for a stunning, low-maintenance shrub with ethnomedical potential, Gossypium barbadense may be the right fit for you. With bright yellow and orange flowers, this tropical bush is sure to bring a unique touch to any garden.

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