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Mexican hat colony flowering

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Mexican Hat Colony Flowering 6886

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What led me to stop along Q-Ranch Rd. on May 16th (and allowed me to see a couple of white-tailed deer as an unexpected bonus) was the Mexican hats, Ratibida columnifera, that were flowering alongside the narrow street. This species got a mostly late start in Austin because of the cool spring we’d had, but by mid-May colonies of Mexican hats were flowering all over town—and happily they still are.

The variation in ray color that you see in this photograph is just that, normal variation within a single species. The rays can be solid yellow or have differing amounts of a rich reddish-brown in them.

© 2013 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

May 25, 2013 at 6:15 AM

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