Paintbrush (Castilleja chromosa), often referred to as "Indian Paintbrush", is a common scarlet colored spring/early summer flower in the high desert/mesa lands of western Colorado. The flower is a member of the Figwort family. The mountain varieties are Castilleja rhexifolia (rose colored), Castilleja miniata (orange-red) and Castilleja sulphurea (yellow). It is a robust plant growing in abundance well into the alpine.
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