Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja indivisa
Indian Paintbrush is an annual and blooms at about the same time in the spring as the Texas Bluebonnet, during March to May. There's nothing much more stunning than a field of Texas Blubonnets and Indian Paintbrush growing together. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center has found that this plant grows in companion with thin grasses, on which it attaches its roots. But try to avoid planting your Indian Paintbrush where cool season grasses are thick in the early spring - they need plenty of sun and room to germinate. They do best in a wildflower meadow setting. The seeds are very fine and must not be buried, but only pressed into the top of the soil. They grow in sandy, loamy or clay soil that is well drained, and are a good early source of nectar for hummingbirds and butterflies. Drought conditions and this year's unseasonable rains have caused the seeds to be in very short supply, and we have reserved most of ours for use in mixes

Bright colors of this Indian Paintbrush stand out in a meadow (above)
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