Castilleja coccinea (Indian Paintbrush)

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Castilleja coccinea (Indian Paintbrush)

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Indian paintbrush is a biennial, hemi-parasitic plant on short grasses and wildflowers. Preference is for moist to dry, well-drained soils in full sun. Grows 10-14” tall and has rather inconspicuous flowers surrounded by bright red (rarely yellow) bracts from April to June. As the plant can only survive by reseeding it is necessary to keep the soil open in the spring to allow the small, dust-like seeds to germinate. In the wild this is often accomplished by fire or heavy grazing but can be simulated by cutting and raking off dead growth to expose the soil in a meadow or field. Zone 4-8; Mid-west ecotype.

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