This cotton variety is native to the Americas and cultivated by the Incas at least as early as 1000AD. Found throughout the Caribbean region by the time of Columbus. Historically grown in Georgia, and especially by island planters, who jealously guarded their strains.
Ours appears to be a cross between the early white form and a brown type. Hibiscus-like flowers are white and rather showy. These are followed in time by beautiful mocha-colored, very long stapled cotton. The fibers are very fine and rather silky.
This variety was considered an improvement over other types, and is still regarded as an upscale type to this day. Unlike many cotton varieties, the seeds easily come free of the fibers, simplifying hand processing. Heat-loving, 5- to 6-foot plants require a very long season, even for cotton, but worthwhile and an exciting piece of history wherever it can be grown.