From Kashmir and Tibet comes this 2.5m high, very pretty C. tangutica relative. Variable in the wild, this form has masses of Turk's cap-like flowers; red-tinged in bud opening lemon-yellow, with highly reflexed petals. The central boss of stamens is rich purple-red and the yellow petals turn orange-red as they age. Foliage is blue-grey and very lacy. Autumn brings a massed display of purple tinged silvery, fluffy seed heads. Very hardy, best in sun.