Do Cotton Plants Have Thorns?

by Alex Kountry
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The answer may surprise you – read on to find out whether cotton plants have thorns and why they might be beneficial.

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Cotton plants are found in warm climates around the world and have been cultivated for centuries for their soft, fluffy fibers. The cotton plant is a shrub that can grow to be up to 20 feet tall, with small white flowers and spiny thorns dotting its stems. Though the plant’s fibers are used in a variety of textile products, cotton is also grown for its seeds, which are used to produce cooking oil, livestock feed, and cosmetics.

What are Cotton Plants?

Cotton plants are flowering plants that belong to the mallow family, Malvaceae. They are native to tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Cotton plants are grown for their cotton fibers, which are used to make textile fabrics. The cotton plant has a woody stem and branches, and the leaves are simple and lobed. The flowers of the cotton plant are white or pale yellow, and they bloom in the summer. The fruit of the cotton plant is a capsule that contains the cotton fibers.

Cotton Plants in the US

The United States is the world’s top producer of cotton, with an annual production of around 20 million bales. Texas is the leading producer of cotton in the US, followed by Georgia, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana. Cotton plants are usually harvested by machines called “cotton pickers” which strip the cotton from the plant and deposit it in a collection chamber.

Cotton plants are grown from seeds in nurseries and then transplanted into fields when they are about 3-4 inches tall. The plants need warm weather to grow and do best in sandy soils that have good drainage. Cotton plants begin to bloom 50-60 days after planting, and each plant will produce around 50-60 white flowers. Once the flowers bloom, the plant’s ovules (which will become seeds) will be pollinated by bees who transfer pollen from the male flowers to the female flowers.

After pollination, the ovules swell and develop into fuzzy balls called “bolls”. It takes around 7-10 days for a boll to mature and open up, at which point the fluffy white cotton inside is ready to be harvested. Each cotton plant will produce around 3-5 bolls during its lifetime.

Cotton Plants in Other Countries

Cotton plants are commonly found in tropical and subtropical areas around the world, including Africa, Asia, the Americas, and Australia. However, they can also be found in some parts of Europe and southern Russia. Cotton plants typically have dark green leaves and white or pink flowers. The plant’s fluffy fibers are used to make yarn and fabric.

Cotton plants are usually between two and a half and four feet tall, but they can sometimes grow up to six feet tall. They have a deep taproot that helps the plant anchor itself in the ground and access water deep underground. The taproot can grow up to twelve feet long! The plant’s stem is woody near the base but becomes more herbaceous (like other flowering plants) as it grows taller.

Cotton plants produce small fruits called bolls. Each boll contains between two and five seeds, which are surrounded by fluffy fibers called lint. The lint is what is used to make yarn and fabric. It takes about fifty days for a cotton boll to mature after pollination.

Do Cotton Plants Have Thorns?

Cotton plants are a common sight in many gardens and fields. They are easily recognized by their white, fluffy blooms. But did you know that cotton plants have thorns? These thorns can be quite sharp and can cause skin irritation if you’re not careful. In this article, we’ll discuss whether or not cotton plants have thorns and how to avoid them.

Cotton Plants in the US

Cotton plants in the United States usually do not have thorns. However, there are some varieties that are grown in other parts of the world that do have thorns. The thorns on these plants are generally not very sharp and are not considered to be a serious threat to humans or animals.

Cotton Plants in Other Countries

Cotton plants are native to tropical and subtropical regions around the world. However, they have been introduced to other countries and climates, where they are often grown as ornamental plants.

Cotton plants typically have spines or thorns on their stems and leaves. These spines can vary in size and sharpness, but they are generally not large or dangerous. Some varieties of cotton plant are spineless, however.

In most cases, cotton plants only have thorns on their leaves. The thorns on the stems are usually small and not very sharp. The leaves of some varieties of cotton plant can have large, sharp thorns that can be up to 2 inches (5 cm) long.


No, cotton plants do not have thorns. Cotton plants are a type of flowering plant that belongs to the mallow family, which also includes hibiscus and okra. The mallow family is known for its soft, hairy leaves and fruits. Cotton plants produce fluffy white fibers that are used to make textile fabrics such as denim, canvas, and corduroy.

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Alex Kountry

Alex Kountry is the founder of HayFarmGuy and has been a backyard farmer for over 10 years. Since then he has decided to write helpful articles that will help you become a better backyard farmer and know what to do. He also loves to play tennis and read books


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