Answer: Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja sp.) is a member of the figwort family. It's a perennial, with long, narrow, pointed leaves. The flowers, set in clusters, are long and tube-like, pale green to red on the ends and hidden by brilliant red, hairy, toothed bracts. The flowers produce many seeds which are contained in the fruit capsules. Seeds can be harvested when the capsules turn from green to tan in color. Sow the seeds immediately after collecting by scattering them on the soil, or store them in a cool, dark place for sowing the following spring. Seeds should germinate readily, especially if the soil is kept moist.
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