Also known as
Bergmelkbos, Bergtontelbos, Dermhout, Gansiesbos, Katoenbos, Regopmelkbos, Melkbos (Afr.)
2 years to reach maturity
This plant has no fragrance
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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. This is a common feature plant. ZA Distribution: Eastern Cape, Northern Cape, Western Cape.
Common problems with Wild Cotton
Generally problem free
Wild Cotton Companion Plants
Plant with fynbos species.
How to harvest Wild Cotton
Generally not harvested, pick seeds before the seed capsule bursts open.
How to propagate Wild Cotton
Sow seed as soon as it is ripe and mature directly into the garden.
Special features of Wild Cotton
Other uses of Wild Cotton
Roots are known to be used by traditional healers for stomach upsets.
G. cancellatus has potential (like its closely related members) for cultivation for the cut-flower industry, for its fruit, and as greenery.
It is an attractive accent plant for any garden.