Mexican Hat - Ratibida columnaris

Mexican Hat – Ratibida columnaris

These are seen everyone in these parts about this time of year, with petal colors ranging from all yellow to red and yellow to almost all red. Also known as Prairie Coneflower and Thimbleflower. Rick Perry might know it by another name, now archaic, as if Mexican Hat wasn’t ethnically insensitive enough. Ratibida columnaris seems easy enough to remember. Florida State alumni might like the “Garnet and Gold” color combination, speaking of ethnically insensitive names…oh well, it’s really not an offensive flower, whatever you call it.