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Gossypium tomentosum (photo courtesy of Joshua McCullough/PhytoPhoto)
Gossypium tomentosum (photo courtesy of Joshua McCullough/PhytoPhoto)

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Zones H2
Minimal Water
Minimal

Gossypium tomentosum

Hawaiian Cotton, Ma'O
Malvaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs, Flowers

GOSSYPIUM

This genus includes the species used to make cotton fabric, but G. tomentosum is better-looking and more suitable for use in gardens. It is a mounding, spreading, leafy shrub with an almost tropical look. Adapted to hot, dry areas.

Gossypium tomentosum

Native to Hawaii. Grows to 3–6 ft. tall and wide. Pure yellow, 2–3-in.-wide flowers are produced much of the year and show off nicely against the silvery green, maple-like leaves. Seed capsules have brown fuzzy seeds with short cottony hairs. This plant has been used to breed disease- and insect-resistant commercial cotton plants. Good as a specimen shrub, informal hedge, or high groundcover. Performs best in well-drained soil with little water.

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