Botanical name: Gossypium hirsutum Family: Malvaceae (Mallow family)
Synonyms: Gossypium mexicanum, Gossypium religiosum
Mexican Cotton is a coarse subshrub native to Central America. In Indian climates, it is biennial or perennial and will grow to 5 feet tall. It has heart-shaped leaves that are 3-5 lobed reaching up to 6 inches across. Mexican Cotton blooms in summer when grown outside, but when grown in the greenhouse plants can bloom at any time of the year. The white to yellowish flowers are up to 3.5 inches across. They are followed by 1.5 inch long fruits. Fruits are 3-5 celled with 5-11 seeds per cell producing copious lint and fuzz. The splitting capsules are well armed making it an uncomfortable plant to harvest by hand. Cotton plants have been grown the world over for centuries as the source of cotton fibers.
Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
The flower labeled Mexican Cotton is ...