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Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii (Abrams) Chuang & Heckard
Wavyleaf Indian paintbrush, Desert paintbrush
Synonyms: Castilleja chromosa
USDA Symbol: CAAPM
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
This perennialís leafy, 6-16 in. stems arise from a woody crown-root, bearing lance-shaped, sometimes lobes leaves. The torch-like flower spikes are brilliantly colored, including electric pink and scarlet red. It is the bracts and sepals which are colorful, rather than the tubular, green flowers they surround.
The roots of Castilleja species hook onto the roots of a host plant for survival. Transplanting usually kills the plant.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , UT , WY Native Distribution:
E. OR to w. CO, s. to s. CA & n.w. NM Native Habitat:
Dry sagebrush slopes; chaparral; pine forests USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: The roots of Castilleja spp. hook to the roots of a host plant for survival. Transplanting usually kills the plant.
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds in late fall after rains have begun. Sow thickly so some will find the appropriate host roots.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2009-01-12
Research By: TWC Staff