mexican hat flower - Knowledgebase Question

st. anne, mb
Question by strgazer
November 5, 2005
Could you please tell me what the Mexican hat plant is like? Colour, height etc.

Answer from NGA
November 5, 2005


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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