Indian paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) is beautiful West Coast native with inflorescences that look like a paintbrush dipped in fiery colours.
Indian paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) is an interesting and beautiful West Coast native with clumps of upright black stems topped with inflorescences of colourful scarlet red to reddish orange bracts and tubular green flowers that together resemble a paintbrush dipped in fiery colours. Castilleja are partially parasitic on a wide range of plants in the wild -- though they are often associated with grasses, shrubs, legumes, and daisies -- from which they "borrow" water and nutrients. They do not kill their hosts but might slow down their growth rates. Rare in cultivation. Popular with hummingbirds.
Common Name: Indian Paintbrush
Family: Orobanchaceae (The Broomrape Family)
Zone Hardiness: 3-9
Light: Full Sun, Part Sun
Primary Bloom Colour: Red
Secondary Bloom Colour: Orange
Bloom Time: Summer
Soil Moisture: Average, Moist, Dry
Deer Resistant: Yes
BC Native: Yes
Native Habitat: Wet to dry meadows, grassy slopes, fens, tidal marshes, clearings, roadsides, and open forests from sea level to alpine zones in western North America.
Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America
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