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Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget'

Mexican Hat Plant /

Mounds of fine textured green foliage give rise to masses of stems bearing flowers that feature long, prominent cones surrounded by reflexed petals in shades of deep reddish-brown, orange and yellow. This dwarf selection is perfect for the front of a sunny border and loves hot, dry conditions.


  • Native insects and butterflies flock to its flower
  • Seed from spent bloom is prized by native birds
  • Unique flowers are colorful and long blooming
  • Drought resistant and easy to grow
  • Loves to be massed in a garden
  • Compact form is perfect for small spaces

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

A drought tolerant plant that withstands competition and is fast growing.  Not fussy about soils and is easy to grow. 

18-24 Inches


12-18 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Found on various well-drained, usually calcareous soils. Also limestone-based, caliche type, clay, clay Loam, medium loam and sandy Loam.

Native Trivia

Like many native species Ratibida was used by Native Americans in a variety of ways. They created a medicinal tea from its stems and leaves to make an external treatment for snakebites, headaches, stomachaches, fevers and poison ivy rashes.

"Butterflies and native bees really go for the nectar but we birds go after the seeds!"

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
  • Low Perennials
  • Filtered Shade
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
  • Sun
  • Well-drained
  • Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
  • Average
  • Dry
Attracts Wildlife
  • Beneficial insects
  • Butterflies
  • Songbirds
Bloom Time
  • Fall
  • Late Spring / Early Summer
  • Late Summer
  • Summer
Critter Resistance
  • Deer Resistant
  • Rabbit Resistant
Habitat Collection
  • Butterfly
  • Songbird
Native Habitat
  • Coastal
  • Desert
  • Grassland
Foliage Color
  • Green
  • Accent
  • Border
  • Container
  • Cut or dried flower
  • Drought tolerant
  • Mass plant
  • Meadow
  • Naturalizes
  • Specimen
Native to
  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Florida
  • Georgia
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • New Mexico
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Puerto Rico
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming