Ratibida columnifera

Mexican Hat

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This native beauty with its drooping red flowers is a fuss-free perennial for the garden.

  • Native wildflower
  • Long-lasting, red, sombrero shaped flowers
  • Prefers dry soils and easy to grow

Great choice for the sunny perennial border or in large groups in the meadow.

Height: 24-36 in
Spread: 18-24 in
Zone: 3-9
Color: Red

Interesting Notes about Mexican Hat:

This carefree perennial is tough, tolerant of drought and the flower holds up well with rain.  The vibrant colors, especially when in large groups will create a flashy wave of color for the entire season.  The flowers make great dried flowers, but best to get to them for harvest before the songbirds discover them. 

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Fast Growing
  • Low Maintenance
  • Mass Planting
  • Border or Bed
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Native
  • Ground Cover
  • Dried Flower/Foliage
  • Blooms all Season
  • Naturalizing

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Full Sun

Attracts Wildlife:

  • Attracts Songbirds
  • Attracts Butterflies

Critter Resistance:

  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant


  • Upright
  • Mounding

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Soil Moisture:

  • Dry Soil
  • Average Water