Ratibida columnifera is in the sunflower family Asteraceae. Commonly known as upright come flower or mexican hat, it is native to much of North America from Canada south to Mexico, where it normally grows in prairies and open grasslands. This species gets its common name from the shape of the inflorescence. The ray flowers form a halo around the base of the disc flowers which are aggregated in a elongated cylinder. This plant is popularly cultivated in many gardens due to its unique appearance and the availability of different colored varieties.