Chinese HatplantSunday, October 04, 2009
The plant below is a fairly new one I have in my garden!
It's called either Chinese Hatplant or Cup and Saucer plant. The botanic name is Holmskioldia Sanguinea.
I was attracted to the shape of the flower that looks like a Chinese hat. But I was not very drawn to the colour because I thought it would not go so well with the colours that are in my garden. I bought it anyway as they do not have other colours. I learnt that there are also yellow, red or purple ones.
This plant has bracts and tubular flowers in copper-orange. The flower does not last very long but the bract will stay for some time.
I still find the colour rather odd when placed together with my other plants which are mostly pink, purple and of course green. My red miniature rose is the only matching plant for this shrub. Fortunately my new yellow hibiscus does go well with this shrub too.
Also the plant grows in many directions. I am finding it hard to grow it into a nice shrub. Do you have a Chinese Hatplant? How do you keep it looking good?