Friday, August 8, 2008

Native Plants Of California ~ #11 In A Series

The Coastal Red Indian Paint Brush isn't as widely seen locally as it once was, as the open, sweeping sand dunes at the tops of the seaside bluffs have been almost totally developed. It can still be found in the wild in the Torrey Pines Natural Preserve, if the winter has been wet enough.

The flowers are edible and sweet and were mixed with other greens and eaten by Native American tribes. The Indian Paint Brush grows from Alaska to the Andes and in northest Asia. True to its name, it was used over time by various civilizations as a paint brush.

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