Indian Paintbrush

Castilleja applegatei

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  • Indian Paintbrush | Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei) in Canyonlands National Park. Photo: NPS
  • Indian Paintbrush | Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei) in Canyonlands National Park. Photo: NPS
  • Indian Paintbrush | Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei) in Canyonlands National Park. Photo: NPS
  • Indian Paintbrush | Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei) in Canyonlands National Park. Photo: NPS
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Basic Information

Other names

Paintbrush

Order

Lamiales

Family

Orobanchaceae

Size

1-3 ft

Blooming Season

Spring - Summer

Bloom Color

Red

Attracts

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Danger

Roots and green parts can be toxic if consumed.

Can I eat Indian Paintbrush?

The flowers are edible.

Medicinal uses for Indian Paintbrush

The plant was used by Native Americans to make hairwash, treat rheumatism and STDS. Paintbrush has a high Selenium content, which has medical merits and is often in shampoos.

Indian Paintbrush Habitat

Pine Forests, Meadows

Indian Paintbrush Facts

This torch like wildflower is very common in the western United States. There are five supspecies. All species of Indian Paintbrush are a root parasite. While it can survive without hosting on another plant, those that do grow bigger and faster. Castilleja applegatei is one of more than 200 species of Castilleja.

Indian Paintbrush Distribution



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