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Ratibida columnifera

Ratibida columnifera
Hoverfly gorging on the small fertile flowers that are starting to open up
prairie coneflower; Mexican hat
Ratibida columnifera
Still going strong in late October

Synonym(s) Ratibida columnaris; Rudbeckia columnifera
Common name prairie coneflower; Mexican hat
Family asteraceae
Life cycle perennial (Z3-10)
Flowers yellow (summer)
Size 24-32"
Light sun
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil (drought-tolerant)
From seed germinate at room temperature
Flowers first year from seed sown indoors early.
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripenslate September

Long-lived wildflower, native to the Mid-Western US. We planted it on our hillside, in less than ideal conditions, and it rewarded us by blooming in its first year.

prairie coneflower; Mexican hat
Already flowering in its first year

This plant used to grow in our garden, but it slipped away...

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (22%G, 4-8d)

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