Ratibida Seeds - Mexican Hat
- Seed Count: 300 seeds
- Maturity Date: 75-80 days after planting
- Plant Height: 12-36 inches
- Flower Colors: Red and yellow, resembling a Mexican sombrero
- Light Requirements: Full sun
- Soil Requirements: Well-drained, moderately fertile soil
- Cold Hardiness: Perennial in Zones 3-9
- Additional Features: Attracts pollinators, drought-tolerant
History: The Ratibida, commonly known as Mexican Hat, is native to the central and southern regions of the United States and parts of Mexico. Its unique, sombrero-shaped flowers make it a distinctive and memorable plant in any garden. The name "Mexican Hat" comes from its resemblance to the traditional wide-brimmed hats commonly worn in Mexico. This plant has been appreciated for centuries, not just for its visual appeal but also for its historical usage in herbal medicine by Native American tribes.
Uses: Mexican Hat is a versatile plant with a number of applications in the modern garden. Its unique and vibrant flowers make it an excellent choice for ornamental flower beds and borders. The plant's long, upright stems also make it suitable for cut flower arrangements. Beyond its aesthetic value, the Mexican Hat is highly attractive to pollinators such as bees and butterflies, making it an excellent choice for those looking to boost their garden's ecological diversity. Additionally, its drought tolerance makes it a fantastic option for xeriscaping or for gardens in drier climates.
Growth Habit and Planting Instructions: Mexican Hat is a hardy perennial that thrives in full sun and well-drained, moderately fertile soil. The plant typically grows to a height of 12-36 inches and features long, slender stems topped with red and yellow flowers. To sow the seeds, prepare the garden bed by loosening the soil and removing any weeds. Plant the seeds 1/4 inch deep and space them about 12-18 inches apart. Water moderately and expect germination in 14-30 days. Once established, Mexican Hat is quite low-maintenance, requiring minimal watering and care. This makes it an excellent choice for both novice gardeners and those looking for a low-maintenance, yet beautiful, garden addition.