There are over 200 different species in the genus Castilleja, commonly known as Paintbrush, Indian Paintbrush, or Prairie Fire. They can be found in a multitude of colors; however, it is difficult to determine species based strictly on color because Castilleja is a prolific hybridizer.

Paintbrush, McCullough Gulch

Paintbrush, McCullough Gulch

Castilleja is a hemiparisitic plant, meaning it depends partly on the roots of grasses and forbs for its own nourishment.  This plant was named after Spanish botanist Domingo Castillejo.

Paintbrush, Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

Paintbrush, Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

Paintbrush, Kenosha Pass

Paintbrush, Kenosha Pass

Paintbrush, Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

Paintbrush, Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

Paintbrush, McCullough Gulch

Paintbrush, McCullough Gulch

Paintbrush, Kenosha Pass

Paintbrush, Kenosha Pass

Paintbrush, Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

Paintbrush, Crater Lakes, James Peak Wilderness

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