Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Castilleja linariifolia Benth.
Wyoming Indian paintbrush, Wyoming indian-paintbrush
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
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. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight 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.