Under The Jakfruit Tree

Mandarin Hat or China Hat Plant  (Holmskioldia sanguinea) is well named due to the flower shape.  It does in fact resemble a hat from the far east.  This Asian shrub flowers most heavily between October and May.   This is ideal for South Florida since this shrub is an excellent hummingbird nectar source and that is the time when the Ruby-throated Hummingbird is present here. 

If you want to maintain the plant’s compactness, do some selective pruning after it flowers.  In addition to the red and orange varieties, there is a lesser grown yellow variety.  I would say hummingbirds seem to hone in on the red and orange flowers more than the yellow variety.

Richard Lyons Nursery currently has this plant in stock now and it is in full bloom.

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