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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
Dry
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
Yellow
Bi-Color: yellow and orange
Flower Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Inflorescence Type: Compound
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Cut Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Suitable for wintersowing
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Various insects
Containers: Needs excellent drainage in pots

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Location: Kerrville, TXDate: June 2004Field of Mexican Hats
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Location: Kerrville, TXDate: June 2004
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Location: Cincinnati, OhioDate: June 2007Ratibida
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Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Fallbrook CaliforniaDate: 2013-05-14
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Date: 2011-06-28Courtesy Outsidepride
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Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, TxDate: 2014-05-19
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Location: my garden; front bedDate: 2014-05-23
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Location: Goldthwaite, TXDate: 2012-05-04
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Date: 2015-01-11Credit NPS
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Date: 2007-10-20Credit Alexey Sergeev
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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) 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 (Northern 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."

Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ratibida_columnifera

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Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 27, 2014 4:55 AM

Definitely needs support in my garden. Use two or three 2-foot long sticks from spring tree prunings and set the sticks behind a clump. Then tie green twine loosely around the stems and sticks, The supports will be barely visible in a couple of days, and the plants can flower upright for all to see.

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Plant Log from got2b - oakland, CA (Zone 8a)
On August 27, 2015 Bloomed
On July 21, 2015 Obtained plant
Plant Log from lovesblooms - Maryland (Zone 7a)
On April 20, 2015 Seeds germinated
On January 29, 2015 Seeds sown
winter sown
Plant Log from piksihk - Texas (Zone 9a)
On April 28, 2015 Bloomed
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