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Castilleja miniata

Scarlet Indian Paintbrush

Community: Mountain

Brief Description

Flaming scarlet blooms add spark to meadows and landscapes.

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Plant Description and Details

Memorable for its fiery scarlet leaf bracts, Indian Paintbrush adds a splash of color to mountain meadows and trails from July to September. Indeed, it looks like artist's brushes, dipped in red paint and set upside down. It will add gorgeous accentcolor to the pallette of a landscape. Paintbrush roots are parasitic, attaching to a nearby host plant by haustoria roots that take nutrients from the host plant. Ours come already growing with a host plant of a native grass or perennial.

Common Names Scarlet Indian Paintbrush
Community Mountain
Annual Water Needs 20-30 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Meadows, lowlands to medium elevations, throughout the western U.S.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 5
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Various
Placement Accent in flowerbeds, rock gardens, or naturalized areas. Requires companion plant.
Mature Height 1 - 2 ft.
Mature Width 10 in.
Group Spacing 15-30 in.
Blossom Color Scarlet/Bright Red
Blooms Summer
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Needs a parasitic relationship with a nearby host plant (grass or other perennial) to gather nutrients. Mow or cut back when winter dormant.
Wildlife Notes Important browse for deer. Red bracts attract hummingbirds.
Plants Symbol CAMI12
Family Name Scrophulariaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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