Posted by: notsofancynancy | August 12, 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: One Thing Two Ways

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush

When we have a wet winter here in the desert this is one of our native plants. It is called Indian Paintbrush. I was told that the Native Americans used this plant as a dye. It was also explained they would take the ink in their mouths and would spit it on the rock canvas and along with using a feather they would create pictographs. If you look around the plant you will see it is just a burst of color here and there but the surrounding vegetation is dead looking The second pictures shows a close up.

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush




  1. wonderfully vivid colour. It must stand out incredibly in the desert.

    • The spring is just like finding Easter Eggs. Color hidden amongst the arid desert. Still after all these years still amazes me.

  2. This is a lovely plant

    • A gem hidden among the desert landscape. One of my favorites.

  3. OK… You know the question, notsofancynancy… Have you chewed it up and spit it out to see if the legend is true? 🙂

    • Hahahaha Mustang Koji this one I have not. Did not want to walk around with a red mouth and face stained by the ink! I have tried several other plants though.

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