Ratibida columnifera ‘Red Midget’

Mexican Hat Plant

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Pot Size: full quart

Plant Description

Mexican hat is found in almost every state in the country in sunny dry places. It is a tall prairie plant that has bright yellow, downward pointing, daisy-like flowers with a very tall, narrow central disk or cone. Flowering is from June until frost. Sometimes the flower petals are dark red, orange, and brown. This selection, ‘Red Midget’, is a dwarf variety with deep reddish brown, orange, and yellow flowers with a tall narrow cone (hat). It grows to around 3 feet tall, has very narrow foliage, and grows quickly. It would be perfect in a meadow, prairie, or informal sunny spot flanked by grasses, coneflowers, butterfly weed, and salvias. The overall effect of the plant is lacy and the flowers are whimsical and playful.



Good Fall Color

Deer Resistant

Butterfly Plant

Native Plant

Good Fragrance

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial


Light Exposure

Full sun, Mostly sunny

Soil Condition

Average, Clay, Sandy

Moisture Tolerance

Moderately moist, Dry


full quart


36 or taller


Flower Color

Yellows, Orange, coral,

Brown, Red, scarlet

Bloom Time

Mid summer, Late summer,

Early summer, Early fall, Mid fall, 

Late fall



Hardiness Zones

3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9