In a Vase on Monday – China Hat Debut

The red flower in the vase, China Hat (Holmskioldia sanguinea) is a recent addition to my garden. This is a tropical shrub native to lowlands of the Himalaya. It is thriving in my garden, enjoying the parched sand, seemingly a tropical desert shrub. These flower in winter here and I decided to cut a few to see how they hold up in a vase. Here is a closer view of the flower:

The other flowers in the vase are Zinnias grown from a Cactus seed Mix. I like the color but hesitate to name it..kind of a bronzy cafe au lait. The misty grasses are from the few remaining flowers on the Muhly Grass (Muhlbergia capillaris). I inherited the vase from my mother, I believe she bought it the Desert Southwestern United States in the 1980s, it is marked as made by the Ute tribe.

Happy New Garden Year to all. Time to plot our plots! I am thinking more Zinnias and maybe another China Hat, they are available in several colors.

Thank you to Cathy at for hosting this meme. I always have fresh flowers in the house thanks to Cathy. Follow the link to see more vases.


20 comments on “In a Vase on Monday – China Hat Debut

  1. pbmgarden says:

    Great addition to the garden. Hope it holds up well in your pretty vase. Love the zinnias–I had a few of that color this summer and was at a loss to name the color. You nailed it.


  2. That is a really interesting flower. How large does the shrub get? Any scent?

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    Those colorful bracts remind me of satellite dishes! I would think they would be long-lasting as a cut flower due to those bracts. Similar to poinsettias, we don’t really notice the actual small flower.

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  4. Kris P says:

    Holmskioldia is growing in my local botanic garden, although I can’t say I’ve ever seen it anywhere else locally. I’m always startled when I see zinnias in your post – you have my wondering when I should try starting them from seed here. Happy new year, Amelia!

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  5. Cathy says:

    What an intriguing bloom the China Hat is, and doesn’t it work well with the zinnia (which I instantly thought of as cafe au lait colour)? Interesting vase too

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  6. Chloris says:

    Lovely. There is alwwys something new and exciting in your garden. Your China Hats are something I have never seen before. Very pretty. And aren’t your zinnias doing well?

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  7. tonytomeo says:

    Doesn’t China hat look like a euphorb of some sort? I see that it is more like a verbena.

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  8. Cathy says:

    I like the China hats, and the zinnias are lovely too. You have had a successful season with them. I think I am now convinced I need to try growing them again!

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