Red paintbrush

single red Indian paintbrush with a few yellow-green bracts

Red Paintbrush ‘flower’

Common name: red paintbrush
Botanical name: Castilleja miniata

Light: full sun to part shade
Height: 12 – 24 inches
Water: moist in spring, dry in summer, drought tolerant once established
Soil type: well-drained loam to loam-clay soils

Perennial, midsummer blooming wildflower that may hybridize producing colors from white to pink or orange. Hemiparasitic paintbrush needs a host plant to draw nutrients from. It does not damage it’s host plant. ‘Flower’ is actually made of bracts or modified leaves.


  • clump of red paintbrush in front of a plant of purple lupine
    red paintbrush and lupine