Castilleja coccinea | Scarlet Indian Paintbrush | Prairie Fire | 100_Seeds

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Here I am offering seeds from Castilleja coccinea, also known as Scarlet Indian Paintbrush, and prairie-fire. Growing to about 2 feet tall, this perennial is very popular among the butterflies, bees, and birds. Preferring sun or partial shade, the blossoms boast a wide array of yellows, reds, and oranges from the middle of Spring until early Summer. The flowers are edible and are sometimes used in salads. 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. Castilleja coccinea is the larval host plant for the Chalcedon Checkerspot, Theona Checkerspot, Black Checkerspot, Ediths Checkerspot, Fulvia Checkerspot, and Leanira Checkerspot butterflies. USDA Hardiness Zones 4b to 8.