The Scarlet Paintbrush wears "flowers" that, as the name suggests, are scarlet and they are clustered on the upper portion of the stem. The "flowers" are actually modified leaves enveloping the inconspicuousm green true flower. You'll find these "flowers" on each of a number of clustered stems that are erect and up to 32" tall. The leaves are lance-shaped and attach at intervals along each stem. The Scarlet Paintbrush is most commonly found in upper beach meadows where both drainage and sunlight are good.