Canon Rebel XSI, Canon 18mm – 55mm
Mount Lorette Ponds, Alberta Ponds
a.k.a. common red paintbrush
Indian paintbrush is a member of the figwort family. This perennial, that has a cluster of stems that grow upward from the base, can grow up to 60 cm. tall.
– The leaves of the Indian Paintbrush are long and narrow
– pointed but without teeth
– upper leaves can have 3 lobes and fine hairs
FLOWERS:- Indian Painbrush flowers are set in clusters- long, tube-like; pale green to red on the ends- partly hidden by brilliant red, hairy and toothed bracts
– capsules with many seeds
– Indian Paintbrush grows in mid to high elevations
– dry to moist areas such as forests, roadsides and slopes
– Indian Paintbrush is found throughout most of British Columbia.
– It is easy to see why the plant received it’s name ‘paintbrush’. The tops look like they have been dipped in bright red paint.
– dyes have been made from the Indian Paintbrush plant.
A visit to the ponds produced a variety of wildflowers to take photos of .