General Plant Information (Edit)
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
Leaves: Fragrant
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
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

Common names
  • Mexican Hat
  • Prairie Coneflower
  • Thimbleflower
  • Red Hats
  • Long-Head Coneflower

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  • 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."

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  • 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
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got2b On August 27, 2015 Bloomed
got2b On July 21, 2015 Obtained plant
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