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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.

Benefits

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. 


Height
18-24 Inches

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Spread
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
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Sun
Soil
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
Uses
Accent
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Drought tolerant
Mass plant
Meadow
Naturalizes
Specimen
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