Indian Paintbrush (5)

Castilleja integra

 

 

 

What appears to be flowers, the paintbrush, are actually leaf-like bracts. The flowers are a narrow, green-yellow tube.

See also Rosy Paintbrush and Sulphur Paintbrush.

Castilleja linariifolia

Wyoming Paintbrush
Castilleja linariifolia

Family: Broomrape (Orobanchaceae)
AKA: Indian Paintbrush
Photo taken on: July 2, 2005
Location: Walrod Gulch, GV, CO
Life Zones: Foothills to montane
Habitat: Dry slopes and meadows

Grows over 2ft and has very narrow leaves and is more orange than the other Paintbrushes.

Castilleja angustifolia

Desert Paintbrush
Castilleja angustifolia (C. chromosa)

Family: Broomrape (Orobanchaceae)
AKA: Crimson Paintbrush, Northwestern Indian Paintbrush
Photo taken on: May 16, 2004
Location: Almont, CO
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Dry, gravelly meadows and slopes

Blooms early in clumps with velvety, purplish stems. Grows to 1ft. The flower heads are almost fluorescent.

Castilleja miniata

Scarlet Paintbrush
Castilleja miniata

Family: Broomrape (Orobanchaceae)
AKA: Indian Paintbrush
Photo taken on: July 14, 2007
Location: Scarps Ridge, GV, CO
Life Zones: Montane to subalpine
Habitat: Meadows, woods

Stems and leaves can be green to purplish. Leaves are broad compared to Wyoming Paintbrush. Colors range from salmon to orange to red. The bracts are often divided into three lobes.

Castilleja integra

Orange Paintbrush
Castilleja integra

Family: Broomrape (Orobanchaceae)
AKA: Foothills Paintbrush, Broadbract Paintbrush
 Whole Leaf Paintbrush

Photo taken on: May 15, 2009
Location: White Rock, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Pinyon-juniper woodlands

Grows to 16" in clumps. It has large, bright bracts which are not divided or lobed and is covered with fine, white hairs.

Castilleja minor

Lesser Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja minor (C. exilis)

Family: Broomrape (Orobanchaceae)
AKA: Annual Paintbrush,  Marsh Indian Paintbrush
Photo taken on: July 27, 2012
Location: Rio Chama, Abiquiu, NM
Life Zones: Plains to foothills
Habitat: Wet areas, stream sides

Grows to 32" tall with un-branched stems. It differs from other Paintbrushes by being an annual and liking wet places.

Red & Orange Flowers