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Ratibida columnifera- Mexican Hat

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Ratibida columnifera- Mexican Hat

Ratibida columnifera- Mexican Hat

Also known as Prairie Coneflower,  this perennial also comes with yellow petals instead of the orange, brown, and yellow petals shown here.  In their native environment, they can form large colonies, sometimes interspersed with similarly colored Gaillardia pulchella Firewheel. Whether seen singly or en masse, it is singularly and strikingly sttractive. It is drought tolerant and can grow in a wide variety of soil types.

Mexican Hat – Ratibida columnaris

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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.

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