Paintbrush are difficult to grow, thus we have paired them with a host plant (Littleleaf Penstemon) as paintbrush is a hemiparasitic (partially parasitic) plant.


Type: Perennial, small sub-shrub

Sun: Full sun

Water Needs: Low, Average

Height: 1'-2'

Bloom Time:  June-September

Bloom Description: Pale yellow

Soil Drainage: Well-drained

Suggested Use: Does well in gravely soils. 

Comments: The roots of this plant will grow until they touch the roots of other plants, frequently grasses, penetrating these "host" roots to obtain a portion of their nutrients. Transplanting paintbrush may kill it.


Castilleja sulphurea - Sulphur Indian Paintbrush