Answer: Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnaris) is a robust, drought tolerant annual or perennial. The characteristic black, cone-shaped heads are surrounded by drooping, fire-red ray flowers with a splash of yellow accent. At maturity the upright branching stems may become woody. Prefers full sun in well drained soil. This plant grows 2-3 feet in height and width and is an excellent variety for cut flower arrangements, lasting 5 to 10 days. Flower resembles a colorful Mexican sombrero, hence the name, Mexican Hat.
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