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British Columbia Outdoor Wilderness Guide
Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush
(Castilleja sp.)
a.k.a. common red paintbrush

Indian paintbrush is a member of the figwort family. This perennial, that has a cluster of stems that grow upward from the base, can grow up to 60 cm. tall.

LEAVES:
- The leaves of the Indian Paintbrush are long and narrow
- pointed but without teeth
- upper leaves can have 3 lobes and fine hairs
FLOWERS:
- Indian Painbrush flowers are set in clusters
- long, tube-like; pale green to red on the ends
- partly hidden by brilliant red, hairy and toothed bracts
FRUIT:
- capsules with many seeds
HABITAT:
- Indian Paintbrush grows in mid to high elevations
- dry to moist areas such as forests, roadsides and slopes
- Indian Paintbrush is found throughout most of British Columbia.
FASCINATING FACTS:
- It is easy to see why the plant received it's name 'paintbrush'. The tops look like they have been dipped in bright red paint.
- dyes have been made from the Indian Paintbrush plant.

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