The 200 species of Castilleja are commonly known as Indian Paintbrush. These annual and perennial plants are native to the western part of the Americas from Alaska south to the Andes, northern Asia, and one species as far west as the Kola Peninsula in northwestern Russia. These plants are classified in the broomrape family. They are considered a parasitic plant which grows on the roots of grasses and forbs. The name honors the Spanish botanist Domingo Castillejo. In Northern Arizona they can be found in open meadows among the grasses they need to thrive. These Castilleja were photographed on Granite Mountain in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness, Washington State, USA.