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Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)

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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 12 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 18 to 24 inches
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bi-Color: yellow and orange
Flower Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Inflorescence Type: Compound
Uses: Cut Flower
Attracts Bees
Suitable for xeriscaping
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Drought tolerant


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Does xeriscapic mean boring and dry looking? Absolutely not! You'll never believe what beautiful blooms are available for the non-irrigated landscape. Come in and see.

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Date: 2011-06-28Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: TexasMexican Hat
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Location: North Texas - Blackland PrairieDate: 2010-05-30Mexican Hats - an American prairie wildflower.
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Location: Goldthwaite, TXDate: 2012-05-04
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Posted by SongofJoy (TN - Zone 7a) on Dec 4, 2011 3:46 PM

Very easy to grow. In a home wildflower or perennial garden, it is a plant that will bloom freely over a long period, makes a good and interesting long-stemmed cut flower, and does well in hot, dry, poor soil. It is a perennial member of the Aster family, and close relatives include sunflowers, black-eyed Susans, shasta daisies, and purple coneflower.

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Posted by Marilyn (Hebron, KY - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 12:27 AM

"Ratibida columnifera, commonly known as Upright Prairie Coneflower or Mexican Hat, is a species of flowering plant in the daisy family, Asteraceae, that is native to much of North America. It inhabits prairies, plains, roadsides, and disturbed areas from southern Canada through most of the United States to northern Mexico."

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