Ratibida columnifera – Gray Head Mexican Hat
A fun, easy to grow Missouri native, Mexican Hat, Ratibida columnifera, brings large flowers of red or yellow with 2″ long gray cone-shaped centers that resemble the crown of hats, surrounded by drooping bright yellow ray flowers. Its center disk remind many of a slender sombrero. Also called Long Headed Coneflower.
This Missouri native perennial makes a top choice for wildflower meadows and naturalized areas, working beautifully with its native companions Blazing Stars, Coneflowers, Turtleheads and more. With its unique flowers it makes a cheerful selection for butterfly and native gardens, perennial beds, or for the cut flower garden.
An important food source, bees and butterflies adore it.
Plant in full sun and average, well-drained soil.