Castilleja coccinea

scarlet paintbrush - Castilleja coccinea 09JN18-03
scarlet paintbrush - Castilleja coccinea 09JN18-01
scarlet paintbrush - Castilleja coccinea 06JL08

characteristics

Hairy, simple-stemmed annual with dense spikes of bright orange-red bracts disguising tiny greenish-yellow flowers.

Semi-parasitic: roots attach to and absorb water and nutrients of some other plants.

Also known as painted cup, scarlet Indian paintbrush, or Indian paintbrush

325,000 seeds/pound; starts from seed.

T SSN H W sun soil H2O fire N2 pH summer fall flower (seed)
A C-Y 0.6 0.2 S/PS F-M-C DM X - 4.9-6.8 green-pale - scarlet

habitat

Meadows, open hillsides and edges of scrub patches.

uses

Attracts hummingbirds.

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