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Chinese Hat Plant

Holmskioldia sanguinea

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Chinese Hat Plant (Holmskioldia sanguinea) at All Seasons Nursery

Chinese Hat Plant flowers

Chinese Hat Plant flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Chinese Hat Plant (Holmskioldia sanguinea) at All Seasons Nursery

Chinese Hat Plant in bloom

Chinese Hat Plant in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  5 feet

Spread:  8 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  9

Other Names:  Cup-and-Saucer Plant, Parasol Flower

Description:

A bushy, woody shrub that is best with some support, trellis, fence, or garden wall; showy blooms with crimson petals and orange-red calyces, borne on cymes through fall and winter; needs regular pruning to maintain density; drought tolerant

Ornamental Features

Chinese Hat Plant has green foliage. The serrated oval pinnately compound leaves remain green throughout the winter. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The smooth gray bark and tan branches add an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Chinese Hat Plant is a multi-stemmed evergreen shrub with a shapely form and gracefully arching branches. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This shrub will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and can be pruned at anytime. It is a good choice for attracting butterflies to your yard. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Chinese Hat Plant is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Chinese Hat Plant will grow to be about 5 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It is very adaptable to both dry and moist growing conditions, but will not tolerate any standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by cuttings.

Chinese Hat Plant makes a fine choice for the outdoor landscape, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its height, it is often used as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the center of the pot, surrounded by smaller plants and those that spill over the edges. Note that when grown in a container, it may not perform exactly as indicated on the tag - this is to be expected. Also note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Massing  Screening  Rock  Garden  Container 
Applications
Bark  Winter Value  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features

Disclaimer - This Plant Finder tool is an online resource representing many of the varieties that we carry over the course of the season, and is intended for informational purposes only. Inventory varies seasonally, so we cannot guarantee that every plant will be in stock at all times - please contact the store directly for current availability. It does not include our entire selection of plants, so be sure to visit our store to see varieties that may not be represented on this list.