Attract bees, butterflies, and birds to your backyard with Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja coccinea). Red-to-pink leaf tips give this 2-foot perennial the appearance of being dipped in paint. Indian Paintbrush grows well on its own, but can also feed off the roots of several other species of wildflower, as a parasite, which is why it is often found in mixed flower communities. A classic US native wildflower for pollinator and habitat gardens.
Castilleja coccinea has a high selenium content, which is, perhaps why it was used to treat rheumatism. It was also used to treat female reproductive issues.
Plant outdoors Fall. Seeds will germinate when conditions are optimal. In good conditions, flowers appear the first year.
• A perennial
• Native to Eastern US
• full sun to part shade and well-draining
• Moderate Water Requirement
• Sow Fall, 12-24 inches apart
• Zone 3-9
Indian Paintbrush is native to the following states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin.