Mexican Hat

Happy 4th of July!

It has cooled down from the rain, into the low 80s.

Yesterday I noticed that Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera), a native perennial, is blooming in my front yard. I collected and tossed out seed last fall. I use the leaves for hot tea, and you can add the cylindrical heads but I do not.  The tea is also a mild pain reliever, not to be overused.

I remove a few leaves from each plant for tea and allow the seedhead to go to seed, ensuring future generations.

These are easy wildflowers to grow and bloom from early summer to October.  I use them as garden flowers and edibles.

This little cutie is a deer and rabbit repellant and good to interperse with vegetables.  Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) is a nice one, both are perennial and the Mexican Hat blooms stand above the fray.  Both need to be thinned and you can serve them for supper or share plant starts with others.

Native and honey bees are drawn by the flowers.  Birds love the ripe seeds.

Mine have reddish brown petals edged with yellow.  A pretty and useful addition to summy edges of my food forest.


About rebeccatreeseed

I am a naturalist raised by naturalists. Treeseed is my earned name, while Rebecca is my birth name. I am of Northern European descent, with a quarter Irish.quarter thrown in. I suspect I was a product of northern invaders into Ireland into Ireland. but hard to say since DNA disproved the family story about Apache blood! I have found some odd ancestors to replace them. Last year I bought 5 acres of pinyon-juniper forest on the side of a mountain in Santa Fe County, New Mexico. I am fulfilling a lifetime dream of a cabin in the mountains and a food forest that will feed me and local wildlife. I want to share this new phase of my life with others that might be interested.
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