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Mexican Hat, Prairie Coneflower

Ratibida columnifera

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Ratibida columnifera

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Ratibida columnifera Plant Information

Scientific Name: Ratibida columnifera
Common Name: Mexican hat

prairie coneflower
Family: Asteraceae
Suggested Uses: perennials, beds & borders, natives
Plant Form: upright, rounded
Height: 2 - 3 feet
Spread: 2 - 3 feet
Foliage: alternate, 2-4" long leaves that are finely-textured and deeply divided
Flower: flowers are in heads with drooping red, yellow, orange, and bronze petals

daisy-like with rays and extended cone
Bloom Period: Summer - Fall
Sun: full sun
Water: low water requirement
Soil: prefers well-drained soil


tolerates variable soils
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 7 - 9
Native Range: Texas

North America
Maintenance: somewhat leggy; needs periodic shearing

sow in early spring

moderate growth rate

propagation by division or seed
Pests & Pathology: no serious pest problems

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