Red Paintbrush (kas-tee-LEE-uh: min-ee-AH-tuh) Scrophulariaceae:
Plants grow 15 to 20 inches tall with orange-red 'flowers', grow with Sedum and Alnus rubra, willows. C. miniata blooms through June and July. Grow in wet to moist, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade for best plants. The best displays are in open, quick-draining, but moisture retentive and deep soils of moderate fertility. Prefers a neutral Ph.
Native to western USA and much of Canada. Surface sow seeds onto moist seed mix and cover with plastic and place in the Refrigerator for 60 days, then move to 65F for germination. Or sow in the fall and keep outside for germination in the spring. Plants should have host plants the second year. Needs a host plant for best growth, use grasses, Penstemons, Sedum, Alnus rubra or willows but is not that selective on what it will use as a host.