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Painted Cup (Indian Paintbrush)
Castilleja coccinea

Painted cup is an annual or biennial that is parasitic on the roots of other plants. Painted cup is endangered in the state of Connecticut.

• Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
• Habitat: meadows and prairies with moist sandy soil
• Height: 1-2 feet
• Flower size: actual flowers are small; the cluster of showy red bracts is around 1-1/2 inches across
• Flower color: actual flowers yellow-green, surrounded by red bracts
• Flowering time: May to July
• Origin: native

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Castilleja coccinea
The red-orange things that look like petals are bracts; the actual flowers are the pointed yellow-green structures emerging from the bracts.
Castilleja coccinea
Castilleja coccinea
Painted cup is rare in Connecticut, but it can be quite common to the north and west. This is a roadside population in Ontario.

Last updated November 13, 2005. © 2005 Connecticut Botanical Society. All rights reserved.