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PlantFiles: Chinese Hat, Cup and Saucer, Parasol Flower
Holmskioldia sanguinea

Family: Lamiaceae (lay-mee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Holmskioldia (holm-skee-OL-dee-uh) (Info)
Species: sanguinea (san-GWIN-ee-a) (Info)

Synonym:Hastingia coccinea
Synonym:Hastingia scandens
Synonym:Holmskioldia rubra
Synonym:Platunum rubrum

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12 members have or want this plant for trade.

Tropicals and Tender Perennials

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:
Bright Yellow

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall
Mid Fall
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From woody stem cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering
By tip layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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4 positives
3 neutrals
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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral giegertree On Sep 22, 2014, giegertree from Savannah, GA wrote:

Chinese hat is a hardy herbaceous perennial in Zone 8 in Georgia and coastal South Carolina. Killed back by frost annually, it bounces back with lush growth and will begin to flower by November (before the next killing frost will soon arrive).

Neutral amygirl On Feb 10, 2014, amygirl from Miami, FL wrote:

In south Florida, they begin flowering in November and continue through April....our dry season. Hummingbirds love this plant. Be careful, each branch touching the ground will take root. It is very difficult to totally remove from an area once it has become well established.

Positive adam7twiddle On Apr 28, 2011, adam7twiddle from Dallas, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I planted it in the ground in a protected area against a house and mulched is very well. It came back from the roots after an especially cold winter even for zone 8. I'm not sure if it will grow fast enough to flower before the growing season is over.

Neutral bkacker On Jan 27, 2011, bkacker from Pompano Beach, FL (Zone 10b) wrote:

I don't personally grow this but found a link for some information for Missverdasunshine.

Hope this answers your questions. How are your plants doing?

Positive Mackaysterbelle On Oct 28, 2010, Mackaysterbelle from Lake Alfred, FL wrote:

Holmskioldia sanguinea grows in several locations within Mackay Gardens and Lakeside Preserve in Lake Alfred, Florida. The plants are found around the small pool, Grotto, and Arbor. The Gardens are free and open to the public. The bushes grow in part shade and full sun and bloom prolifically with no added fertilizers or irrigation.

Positive missverdasunshi On Oct 13, 2010, missverdasunshi from Jocotepec, Jalisco
Mexico wrote:

I live in central Mx., in a zone similar to #24 in Sunset Western Garden book. I have numerous Chinese Hat plants but have only had them for several months. They are spectacular now but am curious re: how long they will bloom.. Have had no luck locating information on the net or with local neighbors. Any info regarding their care, fertilizing,pruning, etc. will be most welcome. As glorious as they are I'm surprized they aren't everywhere. The nurseries here are not helpful with info. They simply buy off trucks from Cuernavaca.

Thanks in advance.


Positive MotherNature4 On Jan 15, 2004, MotherNature4 from Bartow, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

This colorful shrub is in full bloom in central Florida in December and January. Graceful, arching branches will have clusters of flowers and bracts at every leaf node for 10 ft. or more. It blooms best in full sun, and needs to be watered only in times of drought.
Branches should be pruned back to the ground rather than cut off midway. This shrub will grow to 30 ft. if not pruned.
It is much loved by Hummingbirds and butterflies.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

San Marino, California
Bartow, Florida
Bonita Springs, Florida
Delray Beach, Florida
Homestead, Florida
Lake Alfred, Florida
Miami, Florida
Mulberry, Florida
Safety Harbor, Florida
Saint Petersburg, Florida
Thonotosassa, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida
Savannah, Georgia
Thibodaux, Louisiana
Los Fresnos, Texas
Santa Fe, Texas

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