Red Paintbrush

photo by Andrew McKinlay CC BY-NC

Indian Paintbrush, Prairie Fire

Red Paintbrush produces clusters of spiky, bright red or orange-yellow blooms at the tip of the stem. The flowers themselves are hard to spot; it's the bracts that are brightly colored.

Many different varieties of Red Paintbrush can be found throughout North America. Height varies from 6 in to 3 ft, depending on the species. The plant often forms a cluster of individual, erect stems. The leaves are long, narrow, and pointed.

Red Paintbrush can be found in prairies, open woodlands, and along the banks of streams throughout western North America. It flowers from April to July.

Did you know? Red Paintbrush has green leaves and produces its own food, but it also joins roots with neighboring plants to steal water and nutrients.

See Also: Beargrass, Blazing Star, Camas, False Solomon's Seal, Fireweed, Goldenrod, Purple Prairie Clover