Wildflower: Texas Native Indian Paintbrush

Texas Native Indian Paintbrush is one of the most recognizable wildflowers in central Texas. Normally blooming from March to May, this little straggler is still hanging in there. These flowers are larval hosts to Buckeye butterflies and are frequently visited by hummingbirds and butterflies.
 
An interesting point about these flowers is the colorful red are not actually petals, but bracts–or specialized leaves that look different from the foliage leaves.
Texas Native Indian Paintbrush

Texas Native Indian Paintbrush

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