Indian Paintbrush

southwest plants

Indian paintbrush is a US spring blooming wildflower, though you will often see it persist through late summer – growing taller with the passing of days.  A number of native american tribes have used this plant as a paintbrush – hence the name.  This particular paintbrush is a southwest variety.

The flowers are edible, though only in very small quantities.  Otherwise it is toxic.  Medicinally it is said to be useful in treating rheumatism.

Find It
Prairies, sandy
Mountains, up to 10,000 feet
Dry deserts, also near some kind of water source which may be a host plant
US & Canada

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