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Castilleja linariifolia


Wyoming Indian paintbrush, Wyoming indian-paintbrush


Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)



Castilleja linariifolia (Wyoming indian paintbrush)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Wyoming indian-paintbrush is a grayish-green, pubescent perennial with several leafy stems to 30 in. tall. Linear leaves subtend the torch-like spikes of showy, bright-red bracts. These bracts are hiding small, green flowers.

Roots grow until they touch the roots of other plants, frequently grasses, then penetrate the roots of these host plants, obtaining a portion of their nutrients. Transplanting paintbrush plants usually kills them.

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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct

Distribution

USA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , NM , OR , UT , WY
Native Distribution: S. MT to c. OR, s. to n.w. NM, n. AZ & e. CA
Native Habitat: Moist to dry, open woods & brush areas from 2500-12,000 ft.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Roots grow until they touch the roots of other plants, frequently grasses, then penetrate the roots of these host plants, obtaining a portion of their nutrients. Transplanting paintbrush usually kills it.

Last Update: 2009-01-12