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Featured in Featured Photographers – December 17, 2010

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.
LEAVES:
– 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

FRUIT:
– capsules with many seeds

HABITAT:
– 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.

FASCINATING FACTS:
– 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.

The Northwest is a great place to catch several types of paintbrush. They are known for their bright red color, although it can vary from orange to scarlet to purple to even white or yellow. Their color comes from dense, bright bracts that surround the actual flower.

Because there are no places to perch on the Paintbrush, it requires “hovering” insects and birds for pollination. It also is the state flower for Wyoming.
The Paintbrush evoked the Native American legend of a young brave who tried to paint the sunset with his warpaints. Frustrated that he could not match the brilliance of nature, he ask for guidance from the Great Spirit. The Great Spirit gave him paintbrushes laden with the colors he so desired. With these, he painted his masterpiece and left the spent brushes in fields across the landscape. These brushes sprouted the flowers we now so wonderfully love!
Photographed in Ste. Rita, Manitoba, Canada.
Canon EOS 50D; Canon 17-85mm lens @85mm


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Comments

  • Leslie van de Ligt
    Leslie van de ...over 4 years ago

    Oh Wow Sis, This is just lovely. Now i know what this is. Great shot:>)) Leslie

  • Wish we had time for some wildflowers photography,,,,,,this is my favorite thing to look for,,,,,,,,,thank you sis. See you soon, wheeeee

    – Vickie Emms

  • LudaNayvelt
    LudaNayveltover 4 years ago

    love DOF, gorgeous

  • thank you Luda, so very much

    – Vickie Emms

  • cara53
    cara53over 4 years ago

    Lovely Vickie.

  • HI sis, thanks so much hon
    Will be in touch – going for 6 weeks on Sunday.
    Love and hugs
    xoxo

    – Vickie Emms

  • cara53
    cara53over 4 years ago

    Been wanting to give you a call but always something to distract me. I’ve been helping my daughter at her store.

  • I know hon, I was supposed to call someone before I left too – I doubt I will get that done. The thoughts are there. Helping Kristie? That’s wonderful,,,,,,,,,have a great summer sos

    – Vickie Emms

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 4 years ago

    Very pretty plant

  • thank you Kala

    – Vickie Emms

  • DonDavisUK
    DonDavisUKover 4 years ago

    Looks awesome as a card Vickie.

  • thank you Don,,,,,,,,,glad you like it

    – Vickie Emms

  • Brenda Boisvert
    Brenda Boisvertover 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture & thank you for so much information!!!!

  • thank you Brenda, the information is a requirement for my own group Wildflowers of North America, have you ever visited, you might like to join us

    – Vickie Emms

  • Digitalbcon
    Digitalbconover 4 years ago

    Now this is a new one for me!! I’ve never seen a yellow variety before!! Perfect shot and DOF to enhance the beauty of this flower!! Great capture my friend!!

  • No way!! We had a very successful drive yesterday, I found so many wildflowers. It was my last chance before I left Manitoba to get these before they are gone. First a buggy ride close to home, then a drive down the highway. Wish you were here

    – Vickie Emms

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Interesting read and beautiful image.
    Barb

  • thank you Barb

    – Vickie Emms

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