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The cotton plant blossoms between July and September, with cream-colored flowers that closely resemble the hibiscus mutabilis, or confederate’s rose. A month after flowering, the bolls burst open into fluffy white balls of cotton. This can be spun to make cotton thread and cloth, but branches with their cotton balls attached are also used in flower arranging.
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