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.