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Castilleja cusickii

Castilleja cusickii Greenm.

Cusick's Indian Paintbrush, Cusick's Indian-paintbrush, Cusick's Paintbrush

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)

Synonym(s): Castilleja lutea

USDA Symbol: CACU7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)

All species of Castilleja are believed to be hemiparasitic on the roots of grasses and forbes.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: ID , MT , NV , OR , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Habitat: Moist meadows, swales, grasslands in sagebrush steppes, occasionally to subalpine.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America - beta site (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Castilleja cusickii in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Castilleja cusickii in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Castilleja cusickii


Record Modified: 2020-11-09
Research By: CBR

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