Castilleja sessiliflora | Downy Indian Paintbrush | Paintedcup | 20_Seeds

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This is Castilleja sessiliflora, also known as downy Indian paintbrush, and downy paintedcup. Growing to a height of 1 foot maximum, this plant brings interest to any garden. This plant plant is parasitic under natural conditions and is also photosynthetic to some degree. It taps into the root system of the host plant to get the nutrients and water that it needs to stay alive. This should be planted with a short grass or other appropriate host in order for it to survive. This is a larval host plant for the Leanira Checkerspot, Theona Checkerspot, Black Checkerspot, and Ediths Checkerspot butterflies. The flowers of this plant can be eaten in small amounts and in moderation. The other parts of the plant are toxic because of their high selenium content. USDA Hardiness Zones 3 to 8