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Mexican Hat Coneflower

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Mexican Hat Coneflower

Ratibida columnifera
15-24 inches high x 12-18 inches wide
Zone 4
Full Sun

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Mexican Hat Prairie Coneflower is a native of the eastern prairies of Wyoming, with blossoms set on tall slender stems 15 to 24 inches tall. The center cones are ringed by downward curving petals of mahogany (Red Mexican Hat) or bright yellow (Yellow Mexican Hat) giving the appearance of little sombreros! Bloom season is midsummer to autumn. Planted in a mass, these plants make quite a display. Choose one color or mix it up, we offer both varieties. May reseed in gravelly soils for a natural looking planting.  Click here to watch a VIDEO about Mexican Hat.

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Throughout this site, the following are used as guidelines for watering established plants:

water_drops_icon  These truly xeric plants can live with our 12 inches of natural annual precipitation and only need a winter watering during a multi-year drought, but they will thrive with a monthly watering. Overwatering will kill some of these.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants are adapted to intermittent deep watering with soil drying to a depth of a few inches between waterings. Watering frequency may be every couple of weeks during the active growing season and maybe only one winter watering for optimal care.
water_drops_iconwater_drops_iconwater_drops_icon  These plants need regular watering somewhat like a bluegrass lawn so that they never dry to depth in the root system during the active growing season, and need occasional winter watering to prevent root dessication and resultant plant death.
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