Indian Paintbrush will be blooming soon!

The Indian Paintbrush is a wildflower that grows in the Northwest, but is particularly common around Rangely and surrounding areas. This particular plant must be pollinated by hovering insects and birds, because there is no perching room. 

These flowers are a bright splotch against the clay colored areas that we often trek across when having outdoor adventures. However, there's actually a Native American legend about these flowers! 

The Paintbrush evoked the Native American legend of a young brave who tried to paint the sunset with his warpaints. Frustrated that he could not match the brilliance of nature, he ask for guidance from the Great Spirit. The Great Spirit gave him paintbrushes laden with the colors he so desired. With these, he painted his masterpiece and left the spent brushes in fields across the landscape. These brushes sprouted the flowers we now so wonderfully love!

If you want to know more about these colorful flowers click here!

If you are curious about how you might grow these flowers you can also click here for more information!

What other kinds of flowers do you like? What legends do you know about some of our local attractions? Share your stories in the comments below!