Prairie coneflowers are deciduous perennial plants with distinctive flowers native to North America and Canada. They are commonly referred to as Mexican hats or thimbleflower due to the shape of their flowers.
Prairie coneflowers grow rapidly, typically up to 3 feet tall, and grow several flower-tipped stems with thin green foliage. They are drought resistant and can thrive in dry and moist soil, with strongly scented foliage that may repel deer.
The hat-shaped flowers grow on top of leafless stalks with five to seven red or yellow petals surrounding a cylindrical brown protrusion. The plant's bloom period ranges from late spring through summer and may continue into the fall season under favorable conditions.