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Ratibida columnifera

Common Name:
Mexican hat
Plant Type:
Deciduous perennial
Asteraceae (The Sunflower Family)
Geographic Origin:
Southwestern States
California Native?:
Plant Size:
2 feet+ high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
flower gardens
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate to occasional watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 0 degrees F. or less
A tough, cheery member of the aster family, this is a bushy plant, growing 2-3 feet tall, with many bright green to greyish green stems and similarly colored, narrowly divided leaves. Throughout the summer months it is sprinkled with 1-2 inch flower heads resembling those of the rudbeckias. Each has a dark central column surrounded by yellow rays, shaded to red near the center in our material. It tends to be short-lived but is easily propagated by seeds or cuttings. Sun, most soils, moderate to occasional watering. Probably hardy to 0 degrees F or less.