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Mexican Hat

Mexican Hat
Mexican Hat

Ratibida columnifera

Alternate Name: Upright prairie coneflower

Family: (Asteraceae) Sunflower

Habitat: Moist fields

Height: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Period: March-November

Description: Perennial. Mexican Hat is not common on the Bolivar Peninsula. Look for it in prairies and roadsides. Although it performs well in dry conditions, supplemental water during dry spells will prolong its bloom period.

The Wildlife Connection: The nectar content of coneflowers is high so it attracts bees, butterflies, and other insects. Its seeds are also eaten by many species of birds.

Propagation Tips: Plants self seed. Seed is also available from Native American Seed.