Wild cotton, is an elegant bush, which in the sterile state resembles a protea bush. The flowers are accumulated in dense spherical balls making it an attractive accent plant for any garden. The flowers produce plentiful amounts of nectar. No apparent scent is detectable, although on some herbarium sheets it is noted that the flowers are sweetly scented. The fruit is beaked, inflated and carries long elongated processes. The surface of the fruit varies from pale greenish to darker green with grey-maroon longitudinal stripes. The mature fruit bursts open and releases the black seeds. Each seed has a coma which is a tuft of white hairs attached at one end. It flowers almost all year round.