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Castilleja rhexiifolia

Splitleaf Indian paintbrush, Rosy Indian paintbrush

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Castilleja rhexiifolia (Splitleaf indian paintbrush)
Beckers, Eric
A cluster of usually unbranched stems rises 8-24 in. from the woody base of this perennial wildflower. The showy, paintbrush-like inflorescence is short and dense with large, rose or crimson, occasionally yellow, bracts.

The roots of Castilleja species tap into the roots of a host plant for survival.

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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: CO , ID , MT , NV , NM , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Mts. from Alt. to B.C., s. to w. CO, UT & n.e. OR
Native Habitat: Moist, open, alpine to subalpine woods & slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: The roots of Castilleja spp. hook to the roots of a host plant for survival.

Last Update: 2016-03-04