The wildflowers are beginning to bloom here in Colorado. With all the precipitation we have received this past year I expect the colors to be brilliant. I’m hard pressed to pick a favorite wildflower but the Indian Paintbrush ranks among the top of those favorites.
They are known for their bright red color, although they can vary from orange to scarlet to purple to even white or yellow. Their color comes from dense, bright bracts that surround the actual flower. I’ve noticed that they are lighter in color in seasons of drought.
Because there are no places to perch on the Paintbrush, they attract “hovering” insects and birds for pollination. It also is the state flower for Wyoming.
I thought it would be nice to have a touch of Colorado summer around my neck when the winter snows come again next year. Just a bit of color to remind me that if I can persevere and endure the long months of winter there would be wildflowers to bring joy to my soul when the winter was over.
When I saw that The Woolen Rabbit had named one of her Opulence dyes ‘Indian Paintbrush’ I instantly pressed the “Add to Cart” button. I didn’t even hesitate. I’m sure you know how that phenomena happens, right?
But the color? Not quite what I had hoped for. Perhaps the Indian Paintbrush in New Hampshire are not the same brilliant orange they are here in west. The yarn is lovely and I know that I will enjoy knitting with it; however, I’m not sure I will be dreaming of Colorado summers when I wrap it around my neck on a snowy winter day.