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These wildflowers are very eye catching with contrasting colors of brilliant yellow and maroon. The slender stems can reach heights of 40 inches (101 cm).
Spotted along the Columbia river. Shrub steppe.
The Zuni people traditionally use the blossoms of the tinctoria variety to make a mahogany red dye for yarn, and, until the introduction of coffee by traders, to make a hot beverage. Women also used an infusion of the whole plant of this variety, except for the root, if they desired a female child. (Wikipedia)