Ratibida columnifera

Long-Headed Coneflower

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Red-Spike Mexican Hats an erect perennial, sometimes grown as a biennial, with pinnate greyish green leaves. It blooms from early summer to early autumn. It has long, thin, daisy-like flowers, and prominent, unusual, cone-shaped flower heads, with yellow ray flowers, that are good for cutting. The cone-shaped center is green, then brown as it dries out. It grows in sunny locations, and can be used in annual flower beds, wildflower gardens or gravel gardens.

Plant Shape
Full Sun
Bloom Time
May - June, July - August, September - October
Bloom Color
Red, Orange, Yellow
Landscape Use
Bedding or Border, Groundcover
Wildlife Interest
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Resistant To Deer, Native to Midwest
Plant Type
Hardiness Zone
3 - 7