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Matthias Moritz


Community Manager , Hambergen

texas paintbrush

Texas Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa), also known as Entireleaf Indian Paintbrush, is a hemiparasitic annual wildflower native to Texas in the United States. The bright red leaf-like bracts that surround the white to greenish flowers make the plant look like a ragged brush that has been dipped in red paint.

The roots grow until they reach the roots of other plants, mainly grasses, and then penetrate the roots of the "host" plant to obtain a portion of their needed nutrients (known as semi or hemiparasitism).

Texas Paintbrush typically blooms in early to mid-spring, and thrives in well-drained areas with full sun. They can be seen along highways and in fields, complementing the deep blue of the bluebonnets.




Comments 4

  • Barbara Elerick 06/21/2007 5:10

    Ja, sie bluehen jetzt ueberall. Sehr schoen aufgenommen hast du sie!
    Viele Gruesse aus Cloudcroft, New Mexico, wo ich wieder den Sommer verbringe. In El Paso waren es gestern 38 Grad. :-( Hier nur 21 Grad :-)
    VlG,
    Barbara
  • Gerryj 06/13/2007 5:34

    Very nice. They grow wild along Texas highways and present a beautiful sight. We call them Indian Paintbrush and they look fabulous among the bluebonnets in the spring.
  • Andy Pomplun 06/12/2007 23:36

    with Texas I would way more associate a yellow rose ;) But your photo is very nice!
    Andy
  • Klaus Kieslich 06/12/2007 21:13

    Eine ganz wunderbare Blütenaufnahme !
    Gruß Klaus