Castilleja rhexifolia
Rosy Paintbrush
A Colorado Native Subalpine Species
Scrophulariaceae or Snapdragon Family
6 to 10 inches tall - pink, rose, apricot and bicolors combined with white
Full sun to light shade
Rich, moist soil
Late Spring
Propagate by seed, cutting or division
Photos by Jane Hendrix

Rosy Paintbrush grows in the subalpine region of Colorado in full sun but in soils that stay moist all summer. It may be found in many color variations from nearly pure white to bicolors of pink and white and solid colors of salmon, pink, deep rose-red and almost purple. In my experience, this hemi-parasitic species does NOT need a host plant - just a constantly moist and fertile soil. It produces a lot of seed that germinate easily.