Ratibida columnaris Seeds (Red)

Mexican Hat Seeds

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  • Red and Yellow Ratibida columnaris Seeds, Ratibida columnaris, Mexican Hat Seeds
  • Red and Yellow Ratibida columnaris Seeds, Ratibida columnaris, Mexican Hat Seeds

This native perennial boasts gorgeous, deep red petals edged in bright yellow. Mexican Hat is drought-tolerant and thrives in any sunny spot.

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Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Deer Resistant
Attract Butterflies
Attract Butterflies
Easy to grow
Good for Cut Flowers
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good for Dried Flowers
Low Maintenance
Great for Mass Plantings
Multiplies / Naturalizes
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Full Sun
Bloom Time Summer
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Also called “Red Prairie Coneflower”, this perennial is native to North American plains, ranging from Canada to Mexico. It tolerates dry conditions and will grow almost anywhere, as long as there is plenty of sun!
Associated SKUs
HAS9FQP (1/4 Pound)
HAS9F01 (1 Pound)
Common Name Mexican Hat Seeds
Botanical Name Ratibida columnaris
Seed Life Cycle Perennials
Light Requirements Full Sun
Flower Color Red, Yellow
Mature Height 12-36" tall
Bloom Time Summer
Ships As Seed
Coverage 1/4 lb covers 1,089 sq ft.
1 lb covers 4,355 sq ft.
Seeds Per Pound 1,230,200
Soil Moisture Dry, Well Draining
Soil Type Sandy Soil, Loamy Soil, Drought/Dry Soil
Native To North America
Native To No. American Plans from Canada to Mexico.
Ideal Region Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, Southwest, West, Pacific Northwest
Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Advantages Deer Resistant, Attract Butterflies, Easy to grow, Good for Cut Flowers, Native, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good for Dried Flowers, Low Maintenance, Great for Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Storable Yes - You can store your seed in any cool (not freezing) dry place that is not subject to extreme temperature variations.
Non-GMO Yes
Neonicotinoid-Free Yes - Learn More
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada Yes

Planting Guides

Step-by-Step Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions

  1. Check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed. Choose a spot on your property that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day unless you are planting seeds for shade.
  2. Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
  3. Mix the seeds with sand* for better visibility and scatter the seeds directly on top of the soil. If you are sowing a larger area, we recommend using a seed spreader; if not, you can sow by hand.
  4. We recommend lightly compressing the seeds into the soil, making sure not to bury them. You can either walk on them, use a board or if you are sowing a larger area, rent a seed roller.
  5. Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occasionally.
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      Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnaris Seeds (Red):

      In late spring I planted some Ratibida seeds in potting soil in some 2.5" pots and left the small plants in there for quite some time after they sprouted. I had the pots in a shady spot on the north side of my house, where they wouldn't dry out quickly in the day's sun. They grew very slowly.

      In August I planted the starts in a west-facing bed where there's lots of afternoon sun. That's when they started to take off. It's late October now, and I have some healthy plants with a few flowers. I expect these plants will have a very good start for next season.

      If you plant these, I think it's best to just plant them directly in the soil in a sunny bed.

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        Comments about High Country Gardens Ratibida columnaris Seeds (Red):

        Grows in sunny areas of mixed pinyon pine and juniper forest, quick draining glacial moraine soil, average 12 inches annual precipitation at 5500 ft altitude. One of the few flowering plants that grow and reproduce on our South facing slopes. With supplemental irrigation they thrive.

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        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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