The Q&A Archives: Mexican Hat

Question: We have a garden plan from Sunset Magazine specifying Mexican Hat. Calls and visits to local nurseries have provided no information on this plant. In fact several of them told us it does not exist!! So how do we obtain this plant? Is it available in seed if not in container?

Answer: Mexican Hat is Ratibida columnifera. It's a member of the Aster family; the flowers have drooping yellow or brownish purple rays and a tall, columnar brown cone. It looks like a sombrero with a drooping brim, hence the name Mexican Hat. The plant is available from Monrovia (in 1-gallon containers). Your local nursery can order for you, now that you're armed with the botanical name. Good luck with your new garden!

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