Downy painted cup Castilleja sessiliflora


Downy Painted Cup (also called Downy Paintbrush, Great Plains Paintbrush, Great Plains Indian-paintbrush) is an early blooming plant of dry areas with very poor soil. It is partially parasitic, attaching itself to the roots of nearby plants thereby sharing moisture and nutrients.

It has very attractive spiked blossoms that bloom early in the season. Once ripened, a stalk of seed pods is left that is reminiscent of penstemon seed pods.

Life Cycle: Perennial
Size: 12″
Sun: Full
Soil: Medium-Dry, Dry
Bloom Time: May, June
Advantages: Bird Favorite: Habitat, Food Source