Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget' - Mexican Hat Plant
DESCRIPTIONMexican Hat Plant
Ratibida columnifera 'Red Midget'
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
Found on various well-drained, usually calcareous soils. Also limestone-based, caliche type, clay, clay Loam, medium loam, and sandy Loam.
Map Credit: The Biota of North America
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)
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.
A drought-tolerant plant that withstands competition and is fast growing. Not fussy about soils and is easy to grow.