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Castilleja linariifolia Benth.
Wyoming Indian paintbrush, Wyoming indian-paintbrush
Synonym(s): Castilleja linariifolia var. omnipubescens, Castilleja linearis, Castilleja trainii
USDA Symbol: cali4
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
, WY Native Distribution:
to c. OR,
s. to n.w. NM,
& e. CA Native Habitat:
Moist to dry, open woods & brush areas from 2500-12,000 ft.
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.
PropagationDescription: Sow seeds in the fall.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2009-01-12
Research By: TWC Staff