These are very unexpected flowers.
Cream to pink, showing like a bashful hibiscus, slowly disappearing into a large pod or capsule that seems to sit on the shrub for ages until it finally opens in the heat to reveal four large cotton balls.
The seed hairs of Cotton, in the capsule can be woven into cotton fibre, the seeds pressed for oil which is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and eases menstrual pain.
There have been suggestions that the Cotton oil is a possible source of hormones and may act as a male contraceptive but we have found no conclusive results to discuss this further.
Do not harvest directly after rain or watering as ‘dem cotton bolls’ really do get rotten. Make sure that they are very dry before harvesting.
Sorry, but cannot sell to WA.
10 fresh seeds
Degree of difficulty in germination…..5/10 (1 is easy – 10 very difficult)