Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Mexican Hat

Ratibida columnifera
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Native Environment: Prairie
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June), Late (July - frost)
Main Color: Yellow
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Pollinators/Beneficial Insects
Wildlife Benefit
Food/Pollinators, Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Deer Resistant
Size

Height:

20 to
36
inches

Spread:

18 to
30
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
36
inches
Spread: 18 to
30
inches
Size
Height: 20 to
36
inches
Spread: 18 to
30
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Use in full sun and dry, glade-like locations.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Use in dry, sunny locations. They can increase by reseeding.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

A compact perennial that produces many, mostly yellow sombrero-shaped flowers June to September. Plants from sources other than Missouri may contain more red in their flowers. Plants short-lived in rich soils.Ecological Benefits: Nectar for butterflies and bees.

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