It’s Spring time in East Texas, plants and flowers are blooming and it’s supposed to freeze this weekend! Indian Paintbrushes are native wildflowers of Texas and large parts of the western edge of the Americas. They come in lots of different varieties, although the one pictured here is probably the most common, at least in Texas. The flowers are edible but the roots and stems can be toxic.
The following is from Wikipedia-
“The Ojibwe used a hairwash made from Indian paintbrush to make their hair glossy and full bodied, and as a treatment for rheumatism. The high selenium content of this plant has been cited as the reason for its effectiveness for these purposes. Nevada Indian tribes used the plant to treat sexually transmitted diseases and to enhance the immune system.”