Giant Red Indian Paintbrush Seeds
Castilleja miniata is a species of Indian paintbrush known by the common name giant red Indian paintbrush. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Castilleja miniata
Higher classification: Castilleja
Deep red is the usual color of the inflorescence of castilleja miniata, but some specimens have a range of other tints including orange and salmon pink, often as a result of hybridization. The large red structures along the top part of the tall stems are modified leaves (bracts) which are split into three components; two narrow, semi-tubular spurs below and a longer, much wider segment above. Bracts are greenish towards the base. The actual flowers are small, inconspicuous green tubes, right at the top of the stem.
Stems are usually unbranched, bearing alternate leaves at regular intervals. Leaves are somewhat wider than many for other castilleja varieties; thay have pointed tips and three prominent lengthwise veins. The plant is one of the most common species of this large genus, found all across the West, from Alaska to Arizona and New Mexico.
Life Cycle: Perennial
Origin: N America
Special Features: Grows nicely with Sedum spathulifolium and Bouteloua gracilis.
Basic Colour: (orange)
Flower Colour: orange-red
Natural Flowering Period: April - September
Winter Hardiness Zones: Z4 - Z8
Height with Flowers: 50 cm
Usage: for the rock garden
SOWING ADVICE: SEEDS ARE BEST SOWN IN WINTER OR EARLY SPRING AS THEY BENEFIT FROM A COLD SPELL IN THE WET COMPOST AFTER SOWING TO BREAK THEIR DORMANCY. WE ADVISE COVERING SEEDS VERY THINLY INDEED WITH SAND OR FINE GRIT, A GOOD GUIDE IS ABOUT THE DEPTH OF THE SEED SIZE. THEY MAY ALSO BE SOWN AT ANY TIME AND IF THE SEEDS DO NOT COME UP WITHIN 4 TO 12 WEEKS THE DAMP SEED TRAY CAN BE GIVEN COLD TREATMENT IN A FRIDGE FOR ABOUT FOUR WEEKS. THESE SEEDS MAY STILL TAKE SEVERAL MONTHS TO APPEAR SO PLEASE KEEP THE POT OR TRAY SAFELY. AS THEY ARE SEMI-PARASITES, IT MAY HELP TO GROW SOME GRASS SEEDS IN THE SEED TRAY.