Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat Prairie Coneflower

15-24" tall x 18" wide. Mexican Hat is the mahogany-red colored form of Prairie Coneflower that blooms from mid-summer into fall. A good naturalizing wildflower, it attracts bees and butterflies. Drought resistant/drought tolerant plant (xeric).
Zones4 - 8
Advantages
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
10 to 20"
Mature Height15-24" tall
Mature Spread18" wide
Bloom TimeSummer
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SizePlant - 2.5" Pot
SKUHC014236

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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15-24" tall x 18" wide. The roadsides of northeastern New Mexico light up with color in midsummer when large stands of Prairie Coneflower come into bloom. This drought tolerant plant is easy to establish and naturalizes readily so you can grow your own stand of wildflowers. 'Mexican Hat' is a heavy bloomer, with a mature plant producing hundreds of flowers with the distinctive mahogany-red petals edged in yellow. Native. Low fertility, well drained soil. (seed propagated)
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SKUHC014236
Item Package Size
Plant - 2.5" Pot
Common Name
Mexican Hat Prairie Coneflower
Botanical Name
Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Red
Mature Height
15-24" tall
Mature Spread
18" wide
Bloom Time
Summer
Ships As
Potted Plant
Soil Type
Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount Of Rain
10 to 20"
Advantages
Native
Ideal Region
West, Western Only, Southwest, Hot Desert, Suitable Above 7000 ft
Planting Time
Spring / Summer, Fall
Neonicotinoid Free
Native To
North America
Item Unit Of Measure
Plant
Ships To Canada
No
Planting Guides
Growing Ratibida (Prairie Coneflower)

    Ratibida (Prairie Coneflower) are a showy group of summer-blooming native wildflowers. These xeric perennials provide seed for seed-eating songbirds. These plants are deer resistant.

    Preferred growing conditions:
  • They grow easily in all types of soil including dry clay. (i,e, clay soil in high spots, hillsides, raised beds).
  • Prairie Coneflower benefits from mulching in hot, dry climates and is amenable to most common types of mulch including crushed gravel in xeriscapes.
  • They are xeric (waterwise) and after becoming well established during their second growing season do best with deep but infrequent watering.
  • Plant in full, hot sun
  • Just a few handfuls of compost and Yum Yum Mix in the planting hole is enough. It’s not necessary to plant into a rich, highly amended soil.
  • Special comments:
  • Deadhead to prolong blooming. But be sure to leave some seed heads to ripen as Prairie Coneflower are good plants for naturalizing and re-seed themselves when happy.
  • Garden care:
  • Fertilize Ratibida once in fall with Yum Yum Mix and Planters II.
  • Leave them standing over the winter months to provide a source of seed for seed eating songbirds. Cut back to 1-2” above the ground in early to mid-spring.

  • View more Planting Guides, or download our complete Planting Guide for tips on caring for your plants when you receive your order, as well as planting instructions for Perennials, Spring-Planted Bulbs, Fall-Planted Bulbs, Cacti & Succulents, Xeric Plants and more.
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