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Last Update 06/03/08
Plant of the Month

 Holmskioldia sanguinea

 Chinese Hat Plant, Cup and Saucer Plant, Parasol Flower

Named for Theodor Holmskiold, an 18th Danish physician and professor, Holmskioldia sanguinea is native to the Himalayan lowlands and is an erect scandent (climbing) shrub that bears narrowly trumpet-shaped flowers with crimson petals and orange-red calyces from summer to autumn.

Holmskioldia sanguinea (Click for Larger View)

Chinese Hat Plant, Cup and Saucer Plant, Parasol Flower (Click for Larger View)

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Common Name:   Chinese Hat Plant, Cup and Saucer Plant, Parasol Flower

Botanical Name:   Holmskioldia sanguinea

Family:  Verbenaceae

Plant Type:  Scandent shrub

Origin: Himalayan lowlands

Zones: 10 - 11

Height:  6' -- width about the same

Rate of Growth: Fast, grow on a trellis or some other support

Salt Tolerance:

Soil Requirements:  Well drained, moist, moderately fertile soil

Water Requirements: Water moderately, less water in winter

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly

Light Requirements: Full to partial sun

Form:  Rounded, spreading climber

Leaves: Ovate or ovate-elliptic, slender-pointed, slightly toothed, 2-4"

Flowers:  Orange to scarlet with red calyces 


Pests:  Whiteflies, spider mites, and mealybugs

Uses:  Specimen plant or grown in a border

Bad Habits: Frost tender, pinch regularly to prevent stems from becoming too elongated. Prune after flowering.

Cost:  $$ -- reasonable

Propagation:   Semi-ripe cuttings mid- to late-summer

Source:   A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden PlantsFlora: A Gardener's Encyclopedia

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