Far Out Flora

Paintbrush on Coastal Dune

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The Coast Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis) is still kicking.  August can be a hard time to get a lot of color in the garden…seems to be the case with the native landscape too.

Coast Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja affinis

Coast Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja affinis

Last we checked out this red flowering guy from the Foxglove Family (Scrophulariaceae), it was looking a little more vigorous.  Hey, but it is surviving with no water except some ocean salty spray…and moisture from those foggy summer days.

Coast Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja affinis

Coast Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja affinis

Noel from A Plant Fanatic in Hawaii, recently caught the Coast Indian Paintbrush blooming…plus a couple other dune plants.  BTW, we still have not been able to locate the yellow form of this plant, the Tiburon Paintbrush (Castilleja affinis subspecies neglecta).

Coast Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja affinis

So tell us about some of the August and Fall plantings you guys are doing to add a little more color for this time of year.  I think the next big splash we are going to get is from our garden will be from the Cerinthe major.

– Far Out Flora

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  1. The tall blue gentian (vs the alpine version) is just now blooming & the echinacea ‘tomato soup’ has finally coloured up it’s 1st bloom. Verbena b. is covered w/ butterflies, & lots of other flowers are, too. (in S/E Ireland)

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