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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Today's (Texas) Flowers

Mexican Hat
Ratibida columnaris (Asteraceae)


This 2 - 3 foot tall, robust, drought tolerant perennial
 is a variety that is native to the mid-west
 and has naturalized throughout North America.
 The characteristic black, cone-shaped heads
 are surrounded by drooping, fire-red ray flowers
 with a splash of yellow accent. 

They bloom from June through September,
but this lone flower waitied for me
to arrive in TX for the holidays!
By clicking HERE, you can see more beautiful flowers from around the world.

19 comments:

eileeninmd said...

What a cute flower and I love the name Mexican hat.

Carver said...

What a great surprise to spot the lone flower.

Stephanie said...

You always capture such beauty with your camera. The center of this flower reminds me of the center of coneflowers.

Denise said...

Thanks for this lovely photo of the Mexican Hat. I also enjoyed reading about it and always enjoy your photos.

chubskulit said...

That's gorgeous!

My Flowers for today

Randi said...

This is a favorite in my garden too! Love it.

noel said...

aloha,

beautiful blooms, i love the color, its nice to have these late bloomers


thanks for sharing, noel

Gunilla said...

What a lovely colour of the flower.
I like it alot.

Thanks for sharing

Gunilla in Sweden

LC said...

This is a very sensitive portrayal of a lone bloom... L

Arija said...

So nice that Ladibird Johnson had so many wildflowers sown along the Texas roadsides. Especially from the airport to their home.

Luna Miranda said...

the color is beautiful! marvelous shot.

Rambling Woods said...

Love the orange color..and the drooping....Michelle

Audrey said...

That flower is just too cute!

walk2write said...

Now that's what I call a warm welcome! It looks like you're really enjoying your visit to Texas. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Carrie P. said...

sort of reminds me of a coneflower. Very pretty color.

Linda said...

A very beautiful photo Karen of a lovely flower....am excited you got to photograph it! Happy Holidays, Linda

The Lonely Ranger said...

You have a way of photographing birds, bugs and flowers that I have always admired. Now lizards!

The eagles, doves and chickadees, here in the hollow, say hi.

Linda Reeder said...

Very cool!

Sara Chapman said...

Completely new flower to me, beautiful and distinctive, too! A lovely photo to boot.