Desert Paintbrush (Castilleja chromosa) of the Figwort Family. Several erect stems with bright orange to red, flower-like tips, the bracts brightly colored. Dry open soils often with sagebrush. Height 4-16".
This plant, a glowing beauty of ethereal petals in fluorescent orange, was growing along a mountain roadside in a sagebrush pine and juniper environment. Wildflowers grow in abundance in my neighborhood during spring and summer, Blue Mountain Blessings in Eastern Oregon.
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