Castilleja coccinea Seeds

Indian Paint Brush or Prairie Fire Seeds

Castilleja coccinea (Indian Paint Brush or Prairie Fire) is a wildflower of the eastern US. This species blooms with showy scarlet-orange flowers in the late spring and summer.
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Castilleja coccinea (Indian Paint Brush or Prairie Fire) is a wildflower of the eastern US. This species blooms with showy scarlet-orange flowers in the late spring and summer. It is best seeded directly into the garden next to Little Bluestem grass (Schizachyrium) and Beardtongue (Penstemon) whose roots the Paintbrush needs to parasitize. Biennial. Plant for two years running to keep it coming back. USDA zones 4-8.
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SKU
HC013256
Common Name
Indian Paint Brush or Prairie Fire Seeds
Botanical Name
Castilleja coccinea
Item Package Size
Packet
Seed Life Cycle
Perennials
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Flower Color
Red
Bloom Time
Late Spring - Early Summer, Early - Mid Summer
Bloom Time
Late spring to mid summer
Height
18 inches
Mature Height
12-18" tall
Wildflower Mix or Specie
Species
Ships As
Seed
Ideal Region
Northeast, Southeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Zones
4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Days To Germinate
Cold Stratification - 60 days/Regular Surface
Native To
North America
Soil Type
Loamy Soil
Soil Moisture
Average, Well Draining
Advantages
Attract Butterflies, Attract Hummingbirds, Bee Friendly, Native, Great for Mass Plantings, Multiplies / Naturalizes
Ships To Canada
Yes
Planting Guides

Step-by-Step Wildflower Seed Planting Instructions

  1. Check for your last frost date and plant after this has passed. Choose a spot on your property that gets 6 or more hours of direct sun a day unless you are planting seeds for shade.
  2. Prepare your soil by clearing the area of all existing growth. Simply dig up everything that is growing, turn the soil and rake the area flat. If this is an area that has never before been gardened, you may need to till the area up to remove growth.
  3. Mix the seeds with sand* for better visibility and scatter the seeds directly on top of the soil. If you are sowing a larger area, we recommend using a seed spreader; if not, you can sow by hand.
  4. We recommend lightly compressing the seeds into the soil, making sure not to bury them. You can either walk on them, use a board or if you are sowing a larger area, rent a seed roller.
  5. Water so that the soil is moist, not soaking wet, until the seedlings are about 4-6" tall. After that, the seedlings will survive on natural rains. If you are experiencing very dry weather, we recommend watering occasionally.
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