Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)

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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
Flower Color:Orange
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

A strange hybrid.

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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."

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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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Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Mar 10, 2017 12:43 PM

This plant has been one of the toughest plants in my garden. It has a long blooming period, it tolerates heat and drought, and has a nice evergreen rosette in Winter. I'm planting it in various parts of my garden now, and I started some of the yellow flowered one this year.

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