Painted cup is an annual or biennial that is parasitic on the roots of other plants.
Painted cup is endangered in the state of Connecticut.
Family: Figwort (Scrophulariaceae)
Habitat: meadows and prairies with moist sandy soil
Height: 1-2 feet
Flower size: actual flowers are small; the cluster of showy red bracts is around
1-1/2 inches across
Flower color: actual flowers yellow-green, surrounded by red bracts
Flowering time: May to July
The red-orange things that look like petals are bracts; the actual flowers are the
pointed yellow-green structures emerging from the bracts.