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Fresh Mexican hats

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Mexican Hat Flower Head Forming by Open Flowers 7919

Even in December and January I saw an occasional Mexican hat flowering, something that’s not unusual for Ratibida columnifera, although the faded remains of plants at that time of year far outnumber the living ones. Now, a month and a half into 2013, new growth is hard to miss: I found this group near the corner of Braker Lane and Stonelake Blvd. in northwest Austin on February 14. As I lay on the ground within a couple of feet of the right edge of the right lane, I had to ignore all the cars passing by and I hoped the drivers would ignore me. (At another Mexican hat that I photographed around the corner, a driver did pull over to see if I was okay, but he saw that I was, waved to me, and took off.)

Mexican hat grows not only in Mexico and Texas but also in large parts of the United States and Canada, as you can see from the state-clickable map at the USDA website.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 18, 2013 at 6:16 AM

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