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In traditional herbal medicine, cotton is an astringent, slightly acidic, aromatic herb that causes uterine contractions, depresses sperm production, lowers fever, reduces inflammation and soothes irritated tissue. It also has antiviral and antibacterial actions[Bown. D. Encyclopaedia of Herbs and their Uses. Dorling Kindersley, London].,

Geographical distribution

  • Africa, South Tropical Africa, Angola
  • Africa, South Tropical Africa, Mozambique
  • Africa, South Tropical Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Botswana
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Caprivi Strip
  • Africa, Southern Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Namibia
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Northern Provinces
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Swaziland

Gossypium herbaceum L.

Genus: Gossypium
Species: herbaceum L.
Common names: Levant Cotton
Distribution summary: Southern Africa, Afghanistan, Iran
Habit: Annual
Hardiness: H2 - Tender; cool or frost-free greenhouse
Habitat: Seasonally dry tropical biome
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: seed waiting to be sown or germinating in greenhouse or frame (seed)
Reason for growing: Medicinal

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