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Common Alpine Wildflowers of Mount Revelstoke National Park

Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata) Paintbrush (Castilleja miniata)

Paintbrushes are an important food for hummingbirds which are attracted to red and yellow flowers. Hummingbirds have a fantastically fast metabolism – higher than any other vertebrate. The hummingbirds found in our park follow blooming flowers north from Mexico, sipping nectar along the way. After breeding, they make their way up to these alpine meadows and follow the flowers back south again in late summer.

© Parks Canada / Simon Hunt