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Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

Indian paintbrush is a native wildflower in the Orobanchaceae family. It is readily recognized by its showy peach or pinkish-colored inflorescence. It produces a lot of seeds and can establish very large populations. Indian paintbrush is usually found in disturbed areas such as heavily grazed pastures or along roadways.

Indian paintbrush is most often found in the south-central portion of Oklahoma, but is rapidly spreading northward along interstate and highway right-of-ways. Flowering occurs from late April to July.

Indian paintbrush is prized as a roadside wildflower. Its presence indicates disturbance, heavy grazing or shallow soils. Cattle occasionally graze Indian paintbrush. The buckeye butterfly uses Indian paintbrush to lay its eggs, as do other species of butterflies.