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Castilleja coccinea (Indian Paintbrush)

Castilleja coccinea (Indian Paintbrush)
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Indian Paintbrush is a sought-after prairie beauty that prefers bright sites with medium-dry to medium-wet soils. An annual or biennial, its vivid scarlet bracts nearly hide small, greenish flowers and appear to have been dipped in paint.

A hemiparasitic plant is one that its roots seek out those of host plants, usually grasses, and tap into them for nutrition (see Germination Code K below).  If you will be starting Indian Paintbrush in a container, good hosts for many hemiparasitic species include low-growing grasses and sedges like Hairy Grama, Blue Grama, Buffalo Grass, Common Oak Sedge, Sweet Grass, and June Grass. With a knife make a 2" deep cut at the base of the host plant. Sow seed in the cut, making sure seed is not more than 1/8" deep. If host is transplanted at sowing time, the cut is not needed because damaged roots will be available for attachment by the parasite. You may also try sowing hemiparasitic and host species seeds together at the same time. To add hemiparasitic species to existing sites, scatter seed on soil surface (rake in if seed is large) in late fall.


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Catalog Number CAS52F
Seeds / Packet 300
Seeds / Ounce 300,000
Germination Code C(60), K, D
Wetland Code FAC
USDA Zones 3-8
Plant Spacing 8"
Sun Exposure Full Sun  Part Shade 
Soil Moisture Wet-Mesic  Mesic (Medium)  Dry-Mesic 
Height 2 feet 
Bloom Color Red 
Bloom Time May  June 
Plant Type Wildflowers (Forbs) 
Availability Seeds 
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Packet $2.50
1/8 oz. $30.00
1/4 oz. $55.00
1/2 oz. $105.00
1 oz. $200.00
 
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Castilleja coccinea (Indian Paintbrush)
*This map shows the native and adventive range of this species. **Given appropriate habitat and climate, native plants can be grown outside their range.
BONAP Map Key
Present in state Present in county; native to state Not present in state  
Present in county, adventive in state    
Bouteloua gracilis (Blue Grama) Carex pensylvanica (Pennsylvania Sedge) Koeleria macrantha (June Grass)
 
Pedicularis canadensis (Wood Betony)
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