Mexican hat

Ratibida columnifera

Photo/Illustration: 
Todd Meier
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Mexican hat (Ratibida columnifera)
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Synonyms:  Lepachus columnifera
Genus:  Ratibida
This perennial coneflower, sometimes grown as an annual, has a long season of flowers on thin, branching stems. The flowers resemble small hats, with yellow reflexed ray florets and large greenish-brown columnar centers.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Sombrero-shaped yellow flowers with long central cones bloom for a long time.
Care:  Needs average, dry to medium, well-drained, neutral to slightly alkaline soils in full sun. Intolerant of moist heavy clays. This plant is drought resistant.
Propagation:  May be grown from seed, but will not flower until the second year. Sow seed in early spring in a cold frame. Divide perennials in spring when young, before they become too woody.
Problems:  Downy mildew, powdery mildew, leaf smut, and fungal spots occur occasionally.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Dry to Medium
Maintenance
Moderate
Characteristics
Attracts Butterflies,
Native,
Showy Flowers
Bloom Time
Fall,
Summer
Flower Color
Hazelnut,
Primrose Yellow
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Suitable as Annual
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Tolerance
Drought Tolerant
Type
Perennials

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