Montana Outdoors

June 16, 2007

The Indian Paint Brush

The Indian paint brushes are now in their full blooming cycle. They have always been special to me, ever since early childhood. Their blossoms are certainly distinctive.

These groups were just along the FS road near the trailhead leading into the Cherry Peak area..

Indian Paint Brush

Indian Paint Brush

Each plant has its own character.

A free spirit.

Indian Paint Brush

A rose bud imitation.

Indian Paint Brush

An emphasis on total red.

Indian Paint Brush

A tulip imitation with a little background support.

Indian Paint Brush


  1. These are beautiful Terry, another wildflower that I am hoping someday to get a nice image of, we don’t have them here.
    You do really nice work, I like the last one and how you isolated the bloom against the colorful background.


    Comment by Bernie Kasper — June 17, 2007 @ 11:10 am

  2. wow, our indian paintbrushes are long gone, with our bluebonnets. they are in bloom in early spring, now I guess it’s too hot


    Comment by skouba — June 17, 2007 @ 2:42 pm

  3. Bernie,

    You’d like the paints. They have such a variety of shapes and colors. In the last one there were some bluebells behind it. Right now there are so many flowers growing together.


    Comment by montucky — June 17, 2007 @ 3:17 pm

  4. skouba,

    I don’t think they would like the heat down there now either. It’s still cool here, especially at the high elevations where these are growing. They will probably bloom all summer.


    Comment by montucky — June 17, 2007 @ 3:19 pm

  5. Indian Paintbrush always looks fantastic when there’s a lot of it together in one place.



    Comment by knightofswords — June 26, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

    • They do! I haven’t seen a group like that yet this year, but I haven’t been out much yet. Perhaps on a hike coming up on Friday into the Reservation Divide roadless area.


      Comment by montucky — June 26, 2012 @ 9:12 pm

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