Monday, June 18, 2018
Prairie Fire ~ also known as Indian Paintbrush ~ blooming in the grassy meadow, near my home. If she looks different than other Paintbrush flowers you've seen, that's because there are 200+ varieties of Paintbrush. This mountain meadow version is softer-looking than the stark desert varieties.
* Named as such because the bright scarlet petals resemble the tips of paint brushes.
** The Paintbrush is a parasitic wildflower. It's roots establish connections with other plant roots in order to sustain itself. Which means... if you try to transplant her, she will curl up and die. Best to enjoy this beauty in her wild environment.