For Garden Blogger's Bloom Day (GBBD) May 2012 I'm featuring Mexican Hat (Ratibida columnifera) wildflowers. These common wildflowers here in south central Texas are currently blooming in my back yard. With their high rounded crowns, it's easy to see why they are commonly known as Mexican Hats. A striking color combination of gold and red.
The color pattern of the flowers on this plant are quite different from the others
Wildflowers are the best flowers for this sunny, rocky slope where little else will reliably grow.
For several years we've been collecting seeds from neglected and undeveloped commercial spots around the edges of our neighborhood and scattering them in the toughest part of the yard to create a wildflower meadow in this existing patch of buffalo grass.
That effort is beginning to pay off with blooms like these.
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