Photos: The REAL Indian Paintbrush

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Native plant Indian Paint Brush - castilleja

I don't know about Lee Lageschulte, but for decades I've been calling the plant whose photo we published yesterday Indian Paint Brush. Turns out that honor belongs to a plant I've never seen, shown in the photo above sent in by Janet Way.

kniphofia, aka red hot poker, poker plant, torch lily
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Readers say that real paintbrush grows in more arid areas and higher elevation that you will find in Shoreline, in the mountains and eastern Washington. It's much shorter and is red.

The first photo published, with the yellow and orange heads, is kniphofia, aka red hot poker, poker plant, torch lily. An Indian paintbrush is a castilleja.

Thanks to everyone who set me straight.

updated 5-25-2016


jno62 May 25, 2016 at 8:32 AM  

go for a hike up near Mt. Rainier, you will see Indian Paint Brush all over the place.

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