Prairie Coneflower

photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY NC

Mexican Hat, Thimbleflower

Prairie Coneflower's tall cone (up to 1.5 in) of dark tubular florets is surrounded at its base by 4-12 backward-bending, yellow-orange petals. It's easy to understand why it's also known as Mexican Hat and Thimbleflower.

The plant flowers from July to September along the sides of roads or in dry grassland areas throughout western Canada, Ontario, and the west-central United States.

Prairie Coneflower is 10-24 in tall with multiple stiff, grooved stems. The leaves are deeply divided and up to 6 in long.

Did you know? The mature seed head smells like licorice or anise when crushed.

See Also: Aster, Black-eyed Susan, Gaillardia, Philadelphia Fleabane, Prairie Sunflower, Tufted Fleabane