Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat Prairie Coneflower

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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).

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Zones 4 - 8
Advantages
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Native
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Annual Rainfall
Drought Resistant / Waterwise
10 to 20"
Ideal Region
Only in Western US
Bloom Time Summer
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SKU HBLL7XX

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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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HBLL7XX
HBLL721 (Plant - 2.5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
82025 (Plant - 5" deep pot) - Out of stock.
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
Native Yes
Planting Time Spring / Summer, Fall
Soil Type Low Fertility Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture Drought Resistant / Waterwise
Amount of Rain 10 to 20"
Advantages Attract Butterflies, Native
Ideal Region Western Only, Suitable Above 7000 ft, Hot Desert, Southwest, West
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & 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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Plant Shipping: Buy now and we will ship your order at the ideal planting time for your region. Spring-Planted Perennial and Bulb orders will ship from February 27-June 30, warmest zones first. Most plant orders will arrive within 3-4 days, or less, of leaving our greenhouses. This prompt delivery is provided without additional express charges.

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Exotic plant for pots

Very attractive plant which holds it flowers well above the leaves. We plant them in urns along the driveway/deck so they have to survive in hot, dry conditions. With kinder conditions, they...Read complete review

Very attractive plant which holds it flowers well above the leaves. We plant them in urns along the driveway/deck so they have to survive in hot, dry conditions. With kinder conditions, they might get bigger but we love their ethereal qualities. Hardy and strong.

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only naturalizing a little

I love this plant and was hoping it would keep returning. The first year it was great and very healthy. Since then it is a bit puny and certainly not a big naturalizer....Read complete review

I love this plant and was hoping it would keep returning. The first year it was great and very healthy. Since then it is a bit puny and certainly not a big naturalizer. I am not giving up yet because I like it, but had hoped for more vigor

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only naturalizing a little

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

    I love this plant and was hoping it would keep returning. The first year it was great and very healthy. Since then it is a bit puny and certainly not a big naturalizer. I am not giving up yet because I like it, but had hoped for more vigor

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    4.0

    Slow to get started

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    from Los Alamos, NM

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    Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

    I planted three mexican hats in April and then several more in May and June. The original three from April were slow to start with very few, semi-brown leaves. I doubted they would survive. By July, two of the three are about 12-14 inches tall and budding. The third is still small and lagging behind. The others are growing, but slowly. Water seems to be very critical in the first year to get them established.

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    5.0

    A wonderful, easy plant

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    from Smith Valley, NV

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      Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

      A very colorful, drought tolerant, easy plant. Very long blooming season. The only downside is they are vulnerable to rabbit munching as young plants;fortunately, less so as they mature.

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      4.0

      Charming plant

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      from Birmingham, AL

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          Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

          These plants did fairly well and we hope will be more vigorous this next season.

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          5.0

          Beautiful blooms

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          from Hughesville, PA

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            Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

            I planted one of these years ago and it never came back - I don't remember where I purchased it. I am in high hopes that this one will come back or reseed itself because I really like the plant. It will be worth using as an annual if it refuses to thrive as a perennial.

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            5.0

            Blooming and spreading

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            from carlsbad,nm

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              Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

              Outside in an arid garden that gets a lot of sun and little moisture.

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              4.0

              Very Hardy

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              from South Dakota

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                Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

                I bought this to use around my patio. Nothing bothers it, I have horrible winters and blistering summers, as well as rabbits the size of mountain lions. It comes back every year. Just be sure to deadhead it! It reseeds like rabbits as well...I now have this in my yard & in one of my gardens across the yard.

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                5.0

                Colorful - hardy!

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                from Santa Fe, NM

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                  Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

                  Planted a cluster of three of these late May in the high desert - were growing and blooming almost immediately. Bloomed all summer and into the fall. No pests bothered. Hope we can enjoy again into their second year.

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                  Exotic plant for pots

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                    Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

                    Very attractive plant which holds it flowers well above the leaves. We plant them in urns along the driveway/deck so they have to survive in hot, dry conditions. With kinder conditions, they might get bigger but we love their ethereal qualities. Hardy and strong.

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great addition to my xeric garden

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                    from Pendleton, OR

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                      Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnifera Mexican Hat:

                      This is a great addition to my xeric garden and really brightens up my yard. It was a little slow to get started but is still green in mid-winter in Eastern Oregon.

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