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Castilleja exserta ssp. exserta
Castilleja exserta (A. Heller) T.I. Chuang & Heckard ssp. exserta
Purple owl's clover, Owl's clover, Exserted indian paintbrush
Synonym(s): Orthocarpus exsertus, Orthocarpus purpurascens, Orthocarpus purpurascens var. pallidus, Orthocarpus purpurascens var. palmeri
USDA Symbol: CAEXE
In favorable seasons, extensive areas become rose-colored with the flowers of this sometimes parasitic plant. Upright tufts of flowers and bracts cover the top of the 4-16 in. stems. The flowers are rose with yellow or white, while the subtending bracts are bright crimson or purple. The lower portion of the stem is densely covered with ascending, thread-like leaves.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Annual Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, NM Native Distribution:
W. & s. AZ,
& Baja CA Native Habitat:
Open mesas & slopes;1500 to 4500 ft.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Sandy soils.
PropagationDescription: Scratch untreated seeds into the soil in early fall. Typically germinate when soil temperatures are near 80 degrees.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary.
Commercially Avail: yes
Record Last Modified: 2009-01-13
Research By: TWC Staff