This is the State flower of Wyoming and is very challenging to grow. Dusty green leaves turn to brilliant shades of reddish-orange, yellow or pink toward the tips of the plant. The ‘flower’ is inconspicuously hidden beneath the colorful leaf bracts. Indian Paintbrush is partially parasitic, hosting off several families of plants nearby. These include sage, senecio, penstemon, lupine, liatris, and some grasses. The seeds of the above listed plants are also included in this mixture to allow for a better chance of germination. Seeds planted in the spring will germinate in the fall and may bloom the following year.
Color: Scarlet-Orange, yellow or pinkish
Rate: 1 oz./500 sq.ft.
Bloom time: Spring
Packet wt: 1.5 gm. (13% Castilleja ssp.)