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Mexican Hat Plant
Long, prominent flower cones skirted with reflexed petals earn this wildflower its common name, Mexican hat plant. Blossoms beckon native bees and butterflies; after flowers fade, birds feast on seeds. This short-growing native boasts an easy-growing personality and makes itself at home in a variety of soil types. Plant in masses for a drift of color that’s hardy in zones 3 to 8.