1. ‘Red Midget’ Mexican Hat
Name: Ratibida columnifera ‘Red Midget’
Usda Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
Size: 18 to 36 inches tall and wide
Conditions: Full sun; dry to medium, well-drained soil
This compact selection of the prairie native is a playful, sun-loving showstopper for even the toughest conditions. Deep-red petals edged in gold surround a central cone that protrudes 1 to 2 inches above the petals, giving the plant its common name. Flowers appear in early summer through frost and seed readily. Many of the seeds will become feasts for songbirds, while others sow themselves into the soil for emergence the following spring. The showy flowers host an abundance of pollinators. Plants have an open, airy habit and finely cut foliage that is perfect for mixed borders.
2. ‘Iron Butterfly’ Ironweed
Name: Vernonia lettermannii ‘Iron Butterfly’
Zones: 4 to 9
Size: 3 feet tall and wide
Conditions: Full sun to partial shade; average to dry soil
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