Make Room for the Indian Paintbrush

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Bluebonnets are in full bloom this time of year, and so are their bright orange wildflower companion, the Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa). Indian Paintbrushes aren’t specific to Texas, but that doesn’t mean we should underestimate their vibrant beauty. They bloom alongside their blue counterpart to create a striking display of contrasting color in Texas fields. The bluebonnet is the still the pride and joy of Texas, but this little beauty comes in a close second. Look and see how well the Indian Paintbrush compliments our beloved bluebonnet. Enjoy them while you still can, because they’ll be gone in a heartbeat, and we will have to wait until next year to be graced by their vibrant presence once more. Here are only a few places Indian Paintbrushes can be seen in the Texas Hill Country. They are everywhere right now, and they are beautiful!

Along Hwy 71, near Spicewood

Indian PaintbrushPhoto: Faces of Transportation

Bluebonnet Trail, Fredericksburg

Indian PaintbrushPhoto: Full Moon Inn

A field in the Texas Hill Country

Indian PaintbrushPhoto: Pinterest/Paula Kelley Ward

Along County Road 304 

Indian PaintbrushPhoto:

Highway 16 north and south of Llano

Indian PaintbrushPhoto: Amazing Grace Ranch