Plants of the UNF Campus

Holmskioldia sanguinea - Chinese hat plant
Family Rubiaceae

Description:

About ten species of Holmskioldia are native to Africa and Asia. The Chinese hat plant is a large shrub with yellow, orange, or red flowers. The shrub is evergreen in the tropics. The flowers are distinctive with a round cup-like bract at the base of a tubular flower. After the flowers fall, the bract (the “Chinese hat”) remains. It is native to the Himalayas in and around India. Hummingbirds visit the flowers.

Location:

See plants on the southwest corner of building 9.

Size:

Shrub that can grow six to ten feet tall.

Care Instructions:

Light: full sun to part shade

Water: somewhat drought tolerant

Soil: no special requirements

This tropical plant was a surprise. Planted as an annual, it died to the ground and resprouted the following spring. It has survived temperatures in the mid-20’s F. Probably, it is best planted south of the St. Johns River in a protected spot.

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