ABOUT LISA BERRY
Brown's or Wild Peony
Great Red Paintbrush
Little Elephant's Head
Red Mountain Heather
Sierra Shooting Star
Scientific Name: Castilleja miniata
Common Name: Great Red Paintbrush
Description: It is not the petals that carry paintbrush's color but its bracts. The petals are actually yellow to green two-lipped tubes beneath the bracts.
Habitat: Moist areas as high as timberline.
Edibility/Toxicity: Although paintbrush is seldom used for food or medicine today, the flowers are edible in small quantities. The plant easily absorbs selenium, a potentially toxic mineral that may be helpful in treating cancer.
Comments: Historically paintbrush was used by some Native Americans to treat rheumatism and venereal disease. As the name suggests, they also used it as a paintbrush.