Castilleja coccinea

Common name: Indian Paintbrush

Native plant

The fan-shaped, orange-red "flowers" are actually brightly-colored, leafy bracts which appear at the stem tops in spikes and hide the tiny greenish-yellow true flowers. Blooms spring to early summer. Best grown in moist, well-drained soils in full sun. Indian Paintbrush is primarily biennial. A basal rosette shows the first year and flowering stalk the second year. Plant death occurrs shortly after seed set, and new seed usually germinates in early fall. This species is also semi-parasitic, meaning its roots will attach to and absorb some nutrients and water from the roots of other plants.


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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 3
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period


Urban environment

Requires Protected Site


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form


Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color



Mature height
8 Inches
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
1 Feet
Max width
1 Feet

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