Texas Indian Paintbrush – a Beautiful Parasite

Photo: Brice Praslicka Species: Texas Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) As a hemiparasite, the Indian paintbrush is part wildflower and part leech. The paintbrush roots reach into the roots of nearby grasses and rely mostly on them in order to gather their nutrients. As you can see in the photo above, all three are sprouting from the green…