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
Red
Yellow
Bi-Color: yellow and orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
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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Common names
  • Mexican Hat
  • Prairie Coneflower
  • Thimbleflower
  • Red Hats
  • Long-Head Coneflower

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Location: 110'x12' native prairie creation E of my home
Date: 2020-06-09
Location: Front pasture
Date: 2016-05-24
A strange hybrid.
Location: Butterfield Canyon, Salt Lake County, Utah, United States
Date: 2022-08-31
Location: My yard in Arlington, Texas.
Date: Spring 2010
Close up of flower.
Uploaded by bob
  • Uploaded by bob
Location: South Carolina
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2021-07-17
Location: Plano, TX
Location: Illinois, US
Date: 2017-07-03
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2016-05-10
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2018-05-21
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2024-06-20
Mexican Hat bloom
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2016-05-10
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-07-18
Location: Northern California, Zone 9b
Date: June 14, 2020
Closeup of Ratibida Columnifera - Mexican Hat with peculiar green
Uploaded by Charlemagne

Date: 2011-06-28
Courtesy Outsidepride
  • Uploaded by vic
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-05-09
Location: Kerrville, TX
Date: June 2004
Field of Mexican Hats
Location: My Garden, Utah
Date: 2014-10-26
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-07-03
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-06-21
#Pollination
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2014-05-30
Wildflower of my youth in Texas.
Location: FPF Home, Warren County, Kentucky
Date: 2022-06-11
  • Uploaded by FPF
Location: Central Texas
Date: 2016-05-14
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-06-08
Uploaded by ge1836
Location: Kerrville, TX
Date: June 2004
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2016-07-15
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2016-07-15
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-06-03
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2015-04-15

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Uploaded by SongofJoy
Location: FPF Home, Warren County, Kentucky
Date: 2022-06-11
  • Uploaded by FPF
Location: Copperton, Utah, United States
Date: 2022-09-05
Location: Copperton, Utah, United States
Date: 2017-06-25
Location: Copperton, Utah, United States
Date: 2017-06-25
Location: Copperton, Utah, United States
Date: 2017-06-25
Location: Botanical Garden Utrecht
Date: 2017-09-30

Date: 2007-10-20
Credit Alexey Sergeev
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2016-07-15
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2016-07-15
Uploaded by Horntoad
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2012-12-09

Courtesy of Diane's Flower Seeds
Uploaded by wcgypsy
Location: Mercer Botanical Garden  Houston, Tx
Date: 2014-05-19
Location: Hamilton Square Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2016-06-04
Zone 9b.
Location: Goldthwaite, TX
Date: 2012-05-04
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2024-06-09
Bud on red Mexican Hat plant.
Location: Texas
Mexican Hat
Location: my garden; front bed
Date: 2014-05-23

Date: 2007-10-20
Credit Alexey Sergeev
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-05-16
Wintersown earlier in the year
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-07-03
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2016-07-15
Location: My Property Sunset Zone 23 Fallbrook California
Date: 2013-05-14
Uploaded by Horntoad
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-05-28
Location: Medina Co., Texas
Date: May 20, 2012
Mexican Hat

Date: 2015-01-11
Credit NPS

Credit NPS
Uploaded by ge1836
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
Date: June 2007
Ratibida
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2016-05-10
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2016-05-10
Location: Pappy Elkins Park.
Date: Summer 2010
Colors vary widely on this flower.
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-03-11
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2013-03-16
Wintersown plants
Location: South Carolina 
Date: July

 Photo Courtesy of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds. Used with permissi
  • Uploaded by Joy
Uploaded by robertduval14
Location: Bogie Lake Greenhouse, White Lake, MI
Date: 2010-07-03
Location: My garden, Calgary, Alberta, Canada; zone 3.
Date: 2012-07-29
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2014-05-28
Location: Lenore, ID
Location: Taken at Paca Peace Ranch, outside of Westcliffe, Colorado
Date: 2012-08-03
Many color variations, from bright yellow, to this orange-and-yel
Location: At Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Manitou, Colorado
Date: 2012-08-03
Cylindrical seed heads.  Self-seeds readily.
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2017-03-10
Took 6 days to germinate
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2016-05-10
Location: zone 8 Lake City, Fl.
Date: 2016-05-10
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Comments:
  • Posted by SCButtercup (Simpsonville SC - Zone 7b) on Aug 27, 2014 4:55 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by KFredenburg (Black Hills, SD - Zone 5a) on Jun 23, 2020 8:37 PM concerning plant:
    Habitat: open, limestone soil, common along roadsides and on prairies. Range: on most of the Great Plains, along the eastern base of the Rocky Mountains; west to Arizona; south to Mexico.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 4, 2011 3:46 PM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 25, 2013 12:27 AM concerning plant:
    "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/R...

  • Posted by TexasPlumeria87 (Plano, TX - Zone 8a) on Mar 10, 2017 12:43 PM concerning plant:
    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.
Plant Events from our members
piksihk On April 28, 2015 Bloomed
lovesblooms On March 13, 2020 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On February 16, 2020 Seeds sown
winter sown
lovesblooms On April 20, 2015 Seeds germinated
lovesblooms On January 29, 2015 Seeds sown
winter sown
got2b On August 27, 2015 Bloomed
got2b On July 21, 2015 Obtained plant
Flowerlover6 On October 19, 2022 Seeds sown
dnrevel On June 17, 2024 Bloomed
First blooms ripening
dnrevel On June 10, 2024 Transplanted
Into front herb and flower bed by peach tree. Some plants have buds on them.
dnrevel On March 20, 2024 Transplanted
Transplanted from green cell planter to larger pots to grow on. Added greensand to potting mix.
dnrevel On February 18, 2024 Transplanted
Up-potted, transplanted the tiny plants in the soil blocks into a green humid dome cell planter. We'll see how they do in the greenhouse in cool temps but with more sunshine.
dnrevel On February 13, 2024 Seeds germinated
Good germination! Most of the "red coneflower" seeds planted germinated in the soil blocks.
dnrevel On January 25, 2024 Seeds sown
Sowed 15 seeds in the smallest size soil blocks. Putting in the greenhouse to expose to temperature changes, then will switch to heat mats. Topped with vermiculite. Seed is listed as Coneflower Red. Seeds from Little Green Shop or Dollar Seed. Only lists as Red Coneflower. Turns out it is red Mexican Hat!
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