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Indian Paintbrush ((Castilleja sp.) by Leslie van de Ligt

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Indian Paintbrush ((Castilleja sp.) by 

Canon Rebel XSI, Canon 18mm – 55mm
Mount Lorette Ponds, Alberta Ponds

Indian Paintbrush
(Castilleja sp.)
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


- 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 .

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 3 years ago

    oh sis, this is so pretty. I love the composition, the way they show together.
    A fave

  • Thanks Sis! I thought I got lucky to find them grouped like this. The fave is so appreciated! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 3 years ago

    Very nice capture…love the soft colors Leslie

  • Larry thank you very much. The banners is appreciated as always :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • CanyonWind
  • Pops this feature and banner are both greatly appreciated :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderalmost 3 years ago

    Great description, pretty soft image

  • Kala thanks for the visit and great comment :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithalmost 3 years ago

    We have these growing wild along our Highways,…They look great along the road,….
    Wonderful capture,…

  • Wildflowers pick their spots don’t they John, so vibrant a color. Thanks John :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • shortshooter-Al
    shortshooter-Alalmost 3 years ago

    Very pretty Mate.

  • Many thanks my friend :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Jan Siemucha
    Jan Siemuchaalmost 3 years ago

    Very pretty, Congrats on the feature !

  • Jan thanks for stopping in and commenting. Really appreciated :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsalmost 3 years ago

    Congratulations Sis
    February 17, 2012

  • I am thrilled with this feature. Thank you so very much! :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Julie  White
    Julie Whiteover 2 years ago

    Awesome work.

  • I so appreciate you lovely comment :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Elfriede Fulda
    Elfriede Fuldaover 2 years ago

    Very pretty, I wonder if we have these here,,,love the name,learned something else again, Leslie, enjoy your summer

  • Hi Elfie, Thanks so very much for the visit and lovely comment. I have seen these as far east as Winnipeg so keep your eyes peeled maybe they are there as well/ A great summer to you as well although I will be around for sure. Take care :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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