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Castilleja integra


Wholeleaf Indian paintbrush, Squawfeather


Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



Castilleja integra (Wholeleaf indian paintbrush)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
This perennial paintbrush, 6-16 in. tall, bears several leafy stems from a woody root. The stems are topped by crimson, floral spikes. The flowers themselves are greenish, tinged scarlet, and are mostly hidden by the showy crimson, or sometimes yellowish, bracts. Narrow, unlobed, undivided leaves line the stems.

The roots of this plant will grow until they touch the roots of other plants, frequently grasses, penetrating these host roots to obtain a portion of their nutrients. Transplanting paintbrush may kill it.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Flower:
Fruit:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep

Distribution

USA: AZ , CO , NM , TX
Native Distribution: W. TX to AZ & n. Mex., n. to CO
Native Habitat: Arid hills, plains & mesas

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: The roots of this plant will grow until they touch the roots of other plants, frequently grasses, penetrating these host roots to obtain a portion of their nutrients. Transplanting paintbrush may kill it.

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Castilleja integra is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Fulvia Checkerspot
(Chlosyne fulvia)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

Last Update: 2009-01-13