“Indian Paintbrush” Is The Official State Flower Of Wyoming. The Indian Paintbrush was Designated as the Wyoming State Flower in 1917. The Indian paintbrush is one of the over 200 perennial and annual herbaceous plant species native to the Americas continents. The Indian paintbrush makes up the genus Castilleja of the Scrophulariaceae family. The common State Flower Of Wyoming Indian paintbrush is classified as the Castilleja linariaefolia.
The Wyoming Indian paintbrush is a member of the family of figworts with a group of stems that grow upright from the plant’s base. It can attain a maximum height of about 3.28 feet with some 1.18 inches long linear leaves. The lower green leaves of the Wyoming State Flower paintbrush are narrow and unlobed while the upper leaves are hairy and have three lobes. The greenish-purple tall stems of this species have a red-orange or scarlet flower head at their tips. The painted cup’s flowers are made up of yellow to the pinkish-red calyx and yellowish-green floral tubes which are surrounded by numerous sepals.
The Wyoming State Flower is usually partially hidden by some red tracts. These plants have fruit capsules filled with seeds. New plants of Flower grow when the seeds are sown directly during fall. These flowers blossom from June to September. The Castilleja linariaefolia is indigenous to Wyoming, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, Utah, California, Montana, Oregon, and Idaho. The Indian paintbrush thrives on the arid plains, rocky slopes and it is associated with juniper or pinyon pine woodland.
Facts About Indian Paintbrush
- The State Flower Of Wyoming Indian paintbrush shrub is a perennial but in some species, they are annuals.
- Indian Paintbrush flowers are set in clusters, long tube-like pale green to red on the ends. • Wyoming State Flower Indian paintbrush is partly hidden by brilliant red, with toothed bracts.
- The Flower is called the “Paintbrush” because the blooms on the beautiful flowering plant are so red they look as if they were freshly painted!
- Indian paintbrush develops erect, unbranched, a hairy stem that can reach 12 to 20 inches (rarely 2 feet) in height.
- The Legend of the State Flower Of Wyoming Indian Paintbrush is a story passed down through oral tradition.
- Wyoming State Flower Indian Paintbrush is difficult to grow as it must have a host plant associated with it.