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Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii

Castilleja applegatei Fernald ssp. martinii (Abrams) T.I. Chuang & Heckard

Wavyleaf Indian Paintbrush, Desert Paintbrush

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Castilleja clokeyi, Castilleja gyroloba, Castilleja martinii, Castilleja martinii var. clokeyi, Castilleja roseana


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

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.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Red , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: 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

Growing Conditions

Light 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.


Description: 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

Additional resources

USDA: Find Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii


Record Modified: 2009-01-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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