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Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)

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Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera)

 

The Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) is a plant branched and leafy in the lower part with long leafless stalks bearing flower heads of 3-7 yellow or yellow and red-brown, drooping rays surrounding a long, red-brown central disk. Its sombrero-shaped flower heads are usually 1 1/2 ft. tall but can reach 3 ft. Flower petals range from dark red and yellow, to all red or all yellow. The flower’s central brown disk protrudes 1/2 to 2 in. above the drooping petals. Leaves on the lower portion of the stem are feathery and deeply cleft.

 

 

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