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Full sun, moderately wet to moderately dry moisture level, sandy soil, mildly acidic to slightly alkaline pH. 1-2 ft. height, blooms late spring through summer, orange-red flowers, poor re-seeder.
Germination code: C(60), K, D. Difficult from seed.
Native region: Isolated counties in Middle and East Tennessee
Primarily a biennial. This plant is semi-parasitic. Roots grow until they touch the roots of other plants, usually grasses, and then penetrate the roots of the host plant to gain a portion of their nutrients. Name comes from resemblance to a brush dipped in paint. Attracts hummingbirds.