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.
See plants on the southwest corner of building 9.
Shrub that can grow six to ten feet tall.
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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