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Mexican Hat Coneflower

Commonly known as Mexican hats, the 30-inch plants produce a number of blooms. The large center, the size of an elongated golf ball, is green turning to brown. The crown of the hat is surrounded by mahogany, fringed with yellow petals that turn down and become the hat brim. Very interesting North American native plant.

50 seeds



Ratibida columnifera

Perennial, Zones 3-10

Germination:7-42 days

Germination Temperature:Optimum soil temperatures 65-70ºF

Seed Planting Depth: Sow on the surface and press into soil, seeds need light to germinate

Starting Indoors: Start indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost. Provide 65-70ºF soil temperatures until germination. Transplant 12” apart after the last frost.

Sowing Outdoors: Direct sow outdoors in mid-spring or fall. Sow a few seeds every 12”. Thin to the strongest seedling

Growth Habit:Upright clump-forming 

Height and Width:36-48” by 12-24”

Spacing:12-18” apart

Light Needs: Full sun

Soil Needs:Average to medium sandy loam, well-drained

Approximate days to flower from seed: Blooms in the second season, mid-summer and on thereafter 

Uses:Cut flowers, cottage and wildflower gardens, borders, attracts bees, butterflies, and birds

Care: Plant in large clumps or masses for the showiest effect. Low maintenance and drought tolerant once established.Leave seedheads up in the fall for the birds.

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    United States United States
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    mex hats, see below

    It was fine. Per Mexican Hats here's info. I'm in S Central S CO, at 7600 ft, They do not grow here for me, though this is semi-desert. Took 2 years for them to germinate at our summer place S of Pagosa on West slope of Rockies, a transition zone between desert and tall pines, c. 6500 ft. I'd given up. They do self-seed, manage nicely there. 1st time I saw them thriving was outside a fancy hotel N of Albuquerque, so got seeds. I do not know if they grow in wet areas, they like a tad of water. We enjoy them for weeks in summer there. I can rec. if grown in dry country; it's not for all over USA.

    Christy H.
    United States United States
    I recommend this product
    Seed purchase

    All grew wonderfully! Thank you. Will order again.

    Molly M.
    United States
    My favorite flower--and it did not get planted.

    it did not get planted.

    mex hat

    Mexican Hat is not always easy to grow but fun when it does. My first experience with it was at a conference at Bernalillo, NM, grew outside hotel naturally. It's a native plant. Definitely not spectacular, but cute as can be and last several weeks.