Montana Outdoors

June 2, 2018

Yellow Paintbrush

Filed under: Wildflowers — Tags: , — montucky @ 10:29 am

Yellow Paintbrush

Yellow Paintbrush

Yellow Paintbrush

Yellow Paiintbrush

Yellow Paintbrush ~ Castilleja lutescens

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  1. I love these flowers! I didn’t know, until you posted photos of them last year, that there was a yellow variety. I had only heard of the reddish ones which we saw on occasion in northern BC.

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    Comment by wordsfromanneli — June 2, 2018 @ 10:51 am

    • I see yellow ones in various places, usually pretty sparse and certainly far less than the red ones and seldom as bright color as these. The place where these are growing though is just loaded with them and there are no red ones around. There are always surprises. It’s illustration of how finely tuned wildflowers are to their chosen habitats.

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      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2018 @ 11:16 am

  2. Beautiful, and it really does look like a paintbrush. That seems odd because here in New Hampshire our “paintbrushes” are really hawkweeds and look nothing like a paintbrush.

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    Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 2, 2018 @ 3:24 pm

    • Interesting! There are many species of paintbrushes here with similar types of shapes, all of the genus “Castilleja”.

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      Comment by montucky — June 2, 2018 @ 3:51 pm

      • We’ve always called common orange hawkweed (Hieracium aurantiacum) “Indian paintbrush” or sometimes the older “Devil’s paintbrush.” Of course it doesn’t even faintly resemble a paintbrush.

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        Comment by New Hampshire Garden Solutions — June 2, 2018 @ 4:08 pm

        • We have a lot of that here too. It’s in the sunflower family. What we call “Paintbrush” or “Indian Paintbrush” here is in the figwort family.

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          Comment by montucky — June 2, 2018 @ 5:13 pm

  3. Is it in full bloom? I love especially last photo.

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    Comment by Sartenada — June 5, 2018 @ 12:25 am

    • It is in full bloom. There are several species of paintbrush here that are called “yellow”, but this is the most vivid color. The yellow part is not actually the flowers, but large bracts, characteristic of the Paintbrush family.

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      Comment by montucky — June 5, 2018 @ 8:11 am

  4. These are all new to me.

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    Comment by Candace — June 8, 2018 @ 7:22 pm

    • The bright yellow is pretty scarce, not widespread like the red paints. There are also green ones and orange ones. They all look very pretty among all of the greens.

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      Comment by montucky — June 8, 2018 @ 7:41 pm


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