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A picture of a Wild Cotton

Wild Cotton

Gomphocarpus cancellatus

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Full Sun
Easy care
Moderate watering
Tender

H4-H2

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

1.5m

Max

1m

50cm

Min

50cm

2 years to reach maturity

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Wild Cotton Overview

Wild cotton is part of the milkweed family, it is an erect perennial with milky sap. It is best used in an indigenous garden, it makes an accent plant when in flower or in the sterile state. Combine it with other species of contrasting colour for the best effect.

Common problems with Wild Cotton

Generally problem free

    Wild Cotton Companion Plants

    Plant with fynbos species.

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    Common Sugarbush

    Protea repens

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    Cape Thatching Reed

    Elegia tectorum

    How to harvest Wild Cotton

    Generally not harvested, pick seeds before the seed capsule bursts open.

    How to propagate Wild Cotton

    Seed

    Sow seed as soon as it is ripe and mature directly into the garden.

    Special features of Wild Cotton

    Pioneer

    Other uses of Wild Cotton

    Medicinal

    Roots are known to be used by traditional healers for stomach upsets.

    Cut flower

    G. cancellatus has potential (like its closely related members) for cultivation for the cut-flower industry, for its fruit, and as greenery.

    Ornamental

    It is an attractive accent plant for any garden.

    Medicinal