Desert Paintbrush, Castilleja angustifolia, tends to be one of the first plants to bloom in spring. Often you will find this plant growing up or in other plants; it uses those host plants for structural support and steals nutrients with its roots. The bright red portion we see actually are the bracts growing over the small yellow-green flower.
Other flowers currently in bloom at Red Rock Canyon include:
-Penstemon (Palmer’s and Utah)
-Phacelia (Freemont & notch leaved)
And much more!
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