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Plant Details

Castilleja coccinea

Indian Paintbrush, Scarlet Painted Cup

Scientific Name:

Castilleja coccinea

Genus:

Castilleja

Species Epithet:

coccinea

Common Name:

Indian Paintbrush, Scarlet Painted Cup

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Orobanchaceae (Broomrape Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft., 1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Red, Orange

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist, Wet

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont

Habitat Description:

Woodlands, fens, barrens, rock outcrops, meadows, wet pastures, grassy openings, usually over mafic rocks.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

Notes:

Attracts hummingbirds

Blooms

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Indian Paintbrush Plants

Discovered in Orange County, NC by Ulana Stuart and Terry Leigh Britton, 2009

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© Terry Leigh Britton

Indian Paintbrush Bloom Closeup

Discovered 2009 in Orange County, NC

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© 2009 Terry Leigh Britton

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

NCSU Plants


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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