Wildflower: Mexican Hat

These wildflowers are called Mexican hat–and so named because of their resemblance to the Mexican sombrero. Mexican hats will bloom from May to June and attract bees and butterflies. Once they go to seed, they will also attract birds.

The leaves can be made into a tea to help alleviate stomach problems, and the flowers can be made into a tea to help headaches. The boiled stems and leaves have been used as a wash for snakebite and poison ivy rashes–but we recommend you visit the doctor in case of snakebite.

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