Upright Coneflower~Mexican Hat(Ratibida columnifera)

Smiling Sun Gardens

Regular price $6.00

This is a drought tolerant plant that withstands competition. Plants with rich, brown-purple ray flowers are form pulcherima. It is a fast growing wildflower that is not fussy about soils and is easy to grow from seed. Showy flowers bloom over a long season. Foliage has a strong odor that repels deer. It grows aggressively and may push out other weaker species.

Native Environment: Prairie / Plains / Meadows / Pastures / Savannahs / Roadsides
Culture: Grows easily in full sun with average, dry to dry well-drained soil.
Use: Use in perennial borders, cut flower gardens, native plant gardens and wildflower meadows.
Height: 12 to 36 inches
Spread: 12 to 18 inches
Plant Type: Herbaceous Perennials
Color: Purple
Bloom Time: June to September
USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 9
Sun Exposure: Full Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry to Medium
Nature Attracting: Butterfly
Special Usage: Fresh Cut Flower
Use Medicinal: Tea from leaves and stalks used for stomach ache and pain in side. Tea from flower used for headache. Boiled leaves and stems used as wash for snakebite and poison ivy.
Use Food: Beverage tea from leaves.
Tolerate: Drought / Dry Soil / Deer (deer have been known to eat the flowers)