Mexican Hat

Ratibida columnifera

Item 069711


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  • Light Needs
    Full sun to Partial sun
  • Watering Needs
    Once established, water occasionally; more in extreme heat.

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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Average Landscape Size
Upright habit; quickly reaches 24 to 30 in. tall, 12 in. wide.
Flowering Season
Landscape Use
Botanical Name: Ratibida columnifera
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Herbaceous
Growth Rate: Fast
Special Feature: Easy Care, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Naturalizes Well, North American Native Selection, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Attribute: Showy Flowers ,   Flowers for Cutting
Bloom Time: Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Garden Style: Rustic ,   Cottage
Design Ideas: A 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.

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.


Native Americans created a medicinal tea of this plant's stems and leaves to relieve skin pain and snakebites.

Customer Reviews

A tough & beautiful plant!
by Maggie, April 12, 2017

I'm soo happy with this plant! It takes the heat in my area (San Gabriel Valley, CA) and just keeps blooming. Bought another one since the first one performed great.

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