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Mexican hat

Mexican Hat
Ratibida columnaris

These flowers look like a Mexican sombrero. They are also called coneflowers or thimbleflowers. They are yellow-orange to deep reddish-orange. Sometimes the flowers are yellow while others only have yellow tips. A tall, finger-like stem grows above the petals. It is gray-green and turns brown as the flower ages. Mexican hats can be used for making dye.