Castilleja integra A. Gray
Wholeleaf Indian paintbrush, Squawfeather
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: CAIN14
This perennial paintbrush, 6-16 in. tall, bears several leafy stems from a woody root. The stems are topped by crimson, floral spikes. The flowers themselves are greenish, tinged scarlet, and are mostly hidden by the showy crimson, or sometimes yellowish, bracts. Narrow, unlobed, undivided leaves line the stems.
The roots of this plant will grow until they touch the roots of other plants, frequently grasses, penetrating these host roots to obtain a portion of their nutrients. Transplanting paintbrush may kill it.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
DistributionUSA: AZ , CO , NM , TX
Native Distribution: W. TX to AZ & n. Mex., n. to CO
Native Habitat: Arid hills, plains & mesas
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Gravelly soils.
Conditions Comments: The roots of this plant will grow until they touch the roots of other plants, frequently grasses, penetrating these host roots to obtain a portion of their nutrients. Transplanting paintbrush may kill it.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)Castilleja integra is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Fulvia Checkerspot |
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PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Castilleja integra in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Castilleja integra in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Castilleja integra
MetadataRecord Modified: 2009-01-13
Research By: TWC Staff