Indian Paintbrush Flower seed (Castilleja Affinis)
-The Indian Paintbrush or some relative of, is Native to nearly every region on earth. Drought resistant and unique addition to your garden. In the wild, you’ll always find the Indian Paintbrush growing with the white sage. Magical plants like to grow near each other.
Edible and medicinal properties:
The flowers of Indian paintbrush are edible, and were consumed in moderation by various Native American tribes as a condiment with other fresh greens. These plants have a tendency to absorb and concentrate selenium in their tissues from the soils in which they grow, and can be potentially very toxic if the roots or green parts of the plant are consumed. Highly alkaline soils increase the selenium levels in the plants. Indian paintbrush has similar health benefits to consuming garlic if only the flowers are eaten in small amounts and in moderation.
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.