Pre-1860 heirloom. 'Nankeen' is a short fiber, naturally brown cotton that has been grown since the Civil War. The lint is a non-fading attractive dark copper color that actually becomes brighter as it is washed. The seed retains the lint making it easy to spin off the seed. Branches of the plant are longer and thinner and leaves more finely divided than other cotton. Unlike modern hybrids, its blooming cycle is longer, it grows well in poor dry soil, is hardier than modern breeds, and appears to have slightly better insect resistance. 'Nankeen' is planted as an ornamental in some parts of Louisiana. This variety also makes a fine addition to flower arrangements. The white and pink-red blooms start in mid-summer and run until late fall. We include additional fascinating history of the story of the 'Nankeen' shirt with each packet of seed. (Gossypium hirsutum)
We cannot ship cotton to Texas. Some other southeastern states require a waiver or permit. Contact your extension agency for more information.