Native Plant Database

Header Photo: Mervin Wallace

Indian Paintbrush

Castilleja coccinea
Plant Type: Annuals
Native Environment: Prairie, Glade
Season of Interest: Mid (May - June)
Main Color: Red, Yellow
Fall Color:
Hardy From Zone:
Hardy To Zone:

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Hardiness Zones

Midwest map of zones 5 (north), 6, and 7 (south)

as defined by the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map; (hardiness zones are not recorded for all Grow Native! plants)
Sun Exposure 
Full Sun
Soil
Moisture
Dry, Moderate
Nature Attracting
Butterfly, Hummingbird
Wildlife Benefit
Butterfly / Moth Nectar
Animal
Resistance
Size

Height:

8 to
24
inches

Spread:

6 to
8
inches
Size
Height: 8 to
24
inches
Spread: 6 to
8
inches
Size
Height: 8 to
24
inches
Spread: 6 to
8
inches
Typical Landscape Use
Native Americans made a weak flower tea for rheumatism and a contraceptive also.
Establishment and Care Instructions
Dry or medium sites, especially likes some moisture in the spring. Seed into sunny prairie/meadow plantings.
Special Features
Special Usage
Basic Description

Unmistakeable clusters of red flowers top the ‘brushes’ of this biennial native in spring and summer. The color is actually leafy bracts which last longer than flower petals. Not available in plant form. Seed only.

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