Selected Plants of Navajo Rangelands

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Indian paintbrush
Dahiitįį́hídą́ą́’tsoh
(a.k.a. Pepperweed, perennial pepperweed, whitetop, mesa pepperwort)

Specimen displaying bright red bracts

Indian paintbrush, is admired for its aesthetic value, due to its showy bracts. It grows 9 to 18 inches tall.

Palatability of Indian paintbrush has been rated as fair to good for sheep, poor to fair for cattle, and poor for horses.

Indian paintbrush is widespread, occurring from the desert floors to the subalpine meadows. Some species are known to be partial root parasites, especially with sagebrush. It reproduces by seed and tillering.

Deep crimson, slightly fuzzy bracts with tiny yellow flowers nestled among them
A field of Indian paintbrush displaying a variety of yellows and pinks
In this specimen, the flowers are somewhat separated from one another so that it is easier to see how they attach to the stem
Growth habit showing a number of stems with foliage and flowers
Close-to-ground plant with light green lower leaves and reddish bracts (modified leaves) at the top giving the impression of a flower.
Bright orange red bracts (modified leaves) that give the impression of a flower, on a reddish/purple stem.
Bright orange red mass of bracts (modified leaves) at the top of a plant with red/purple leaves below them and green foliage behind and in front of them.
Tall, bright orange red bracts (modified leaves) that give the impression of a flower. Green foliage lower to the ground surrounding the bract stems

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