Giant Red Indian Paintbrush 2010

Mt Dana, Yosemite, May 2008

  • Castilleja miniata Dougl. ex Hook.
  • Giant red Indian paintbrush, Great red indian-paintbrush, Meadow paintbrush
  • Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
  • USDA Symbol: CAMI12
  • USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Castilleja miniata is a species of Indian paintbrush known by the common name giant red Indian paintbrush. It is native to western North America from Alaska to Ontario to California to New Mexico, where it grows usually in moist places in a wide variety of habitat types.

This wildflower is a perennial herb growing up to about 80 centimeters tall, slender and green to dark purple in herbage color. The lance-shaped leaves are 3 to 6 centimeters long, pointed, and coated in thin hairs. The inflorescence is made up of bright red to pale orange or orange-tipped bracts. Between the bracts emerge the yellow-green, red-edged tubular flowers.

Sourced from: http://www.wildflower.org/plants/ --and-- Wikipedia

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