Montana Outdoors

May 23, 2018

Indian Paintbrush

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , , — montucky @ 9:52 am

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Common Red Paintbrush, also called Scarlet Indian Paintbrush ~ Castilleja miniata

It seems a little early for these to bloom here, but they are at a low elevation on a sunny hillside in a sheltered canyon and seem to be in full bloom. The species name miniata refers to the scarlet red color “minium”, an oxide of lead.

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  1. One of my favourites from childhood days.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — May 23, 2018 @ 9:57 am

  2. My favorite.

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    Comment by Malcolm R. Campbell — May 23, 2018 @ 9:58 am

    • I think they are a favorite of many people too. One of the wildflowers that is large enough and bright enough to be easily seen. I’m glad they are as widespread as they are.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 10:23 am

  3. Very exotic and colourful; lovely photos.

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    Comment by Candice — May 23, 2018 @ 10:50 am

    • It’s good to see them again! The wildflowers are really starting to bloom now at the lower elevations. Can’t get up high yet because of the snow.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 11:57 am

  4. Ours lingered a good while this year, but they’re gone now — it’s amazing to see that yours just are beginning to bloom. I love being able to track the “movement” of spring through the different parts of the country, especially when it gives me another chance to see beauties like this.

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    Comment by shoreacres — May 23, 2018 @ 1:05 pm

    • I like to follow the blooming of wildflowers too. Today I was able to get to a little higher elevation, about 5,400 feet, and found that the Glacier Lilies are starting to bloom up there. They finished blooming here weeks ago.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 6:37 pm

  5. So very pretty. I saw some blooming in the park on Monday. They are such a shock of color.

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    Comment by Tammie — May 23, 2018 @ 1:50 pm

    • Yes, they are bright, and large enough to not ever be missed! In late summer they still bloom at higher elevations, so they will be around awhile.

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 6:39 pm

  6. There you go again, Terry. First out of the block for paintbrush. 🙂 We have 3 lovely patches just outside our living room window — but the stalks are only about 6 inches high so blooms will be awhile yet. After enjoying your beautiful calypso orchid pics I finally found the first one at our place — atop a rotting stump alongside our lane.

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    Comment by Sally — May 23, 2018 @ 3:55 pm

    • I haven’t been out for awhile, but I think the paints just started to bloom within the past week. I’m so glad that you found a Fairy Slipper! They are really special!

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 6:40 pm

      • The little orchid showed up in a place I’d often photographed before — so where did it come from and how did it get there? Nature is full of surprises. Which is one of the reasons I love being out there.

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        Comment by Sally — May 23, 2018 @ 9:02 pm

        • I like that too. I had a great surprise today when I found a flower that I had seen only once before… a decade ago.

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          Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 9:23 pm

  7. Beautiful, and completely different from the flower we call Indian paintbrush, which is actually just orange hawkweed.
    I doubt either one was ever used for painting!

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — May 23, 2018 @ 4:00 pm

    • There are several species of paints here and I hope to see more. They range in color from red to pink to orange and even yellow and some light green. Quite a study!

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      Comment by montucky — May 23, 2018 @ 6:42 pm

  8. It is beautiful. I have never seen it.

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    Comment by Sartenada — May 24, 2018 @ 2:32 am

    • It’s interesting how some plants are native to Europe and the Americas both while others are unique to one region.

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2018 @ 9:32 am

  9. The Indian Paintbrush flower has been my favourite from childhood as well. I think the flowers and plants, fruits, etc. we grow up with implant in a deep way in our memory, and seeing them again bring a kind of nostalgia, as this flower does for me.

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    Comment by juliemjm — May 24, 2018 @ 3:46 pm

    • This one brings back memories for me too and it does every spring. Outdoor outings, fishing, camping with my folks when I was just a kid. Wonderful memories associated with the paints!

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      Comment by montucky — May 24, 2018 @ 5:07 pm

  10. it’s nice to see them again, Terry…one of my favorite wildflowers from my time in the Mountain West…..

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    Comment by seekraz — May 27, 2018 @ 7:52 pm

    • I hope they brought back some good memories! They should be blooming here now for the rest of summer, at least in the higher elevations. I’ve always liked them!

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      Comment by montucky — May 27, 2018 @ 8:03 pm

  11. How aptly named .. it is quite lovely

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    Comment by Julie@frogpondfarm — May 28, 2018 @ 1:28 am

    • Yes, very colorful and quite different from most flower configurations. The showy red bracts are actually modified leaves.

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      Comment by montucky — May 28, 2018 @ 7:42 am


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