Mexican Hat

Ratibida columnifera

SKU
06971
A colorful addition to natural looking, easy-care borders. The drooping, deep red, gold-trimmed petals and columnar center have the effect of a Mexican sombrero. A native to the Midwestern United States, perfectly at home in dry land prairie meadows, and native gardens. An herbaceous perennial.
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Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.

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Botanical Pronunciationra-ti-BI-da co-lum-NI-fera
LoreNative Americans created a medicinal tea of this plant's stems and leaves to relieve skin pain and snakebites.
Average Size at MaturityUpright habit; quickly reaches 24 to 30 in. tall, 12 in. wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasA super addition to the perennial border. Spot into sunny mixed plantings for fiery color. A perfect choice for the native and wild garden, particularly in the dryland prairie meadow. Integrates very well with southwestern natives and xeriscape gardens. A nectar source for wildlife and butterfly gardens.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleCottage, Rustic, Xeric
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureEasy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Fast Growing, Bird Friendly
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsOnce established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.

Grows easily in average to lean, well-drained soils. Avoid heavy, wet clay. Shelter from harsh afternoon sun in hottest regions. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, reduce frequency; tolerates moderate drought. Fertilize before new spring growth.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4 - 11

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