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Castilleja elegans (Elegant indian paintbrush)
Le Duc, F. Alice

Castilleja elegans

Castilleja elegans Malte

Elegant Indian Paintbrush, Elegant Paintbrush

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Castilleja pallida ssp. elegans, Castilleja pallida var. elegans

USDA Symbol: CAEL6

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


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear
Leaf Pubescence: Villose
Leaf Margin: Entire , Lobed
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Usually 2 to 6 inches, sometimes to 10 inches in height.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Orange , Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: Like other Castilleja species, the flowers are mostly obscured by surrounding colorful bracts. This species bracts are typically purple or sometimes pink or ochroleucous.


Canada: AB , NT , NU , YT

Web Reference

Webref 61 - Alaska Wildflowers (2020)
Webref 38 - Flora of North America (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 elegans in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Castilleja elegans in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Castilleja elegans


Record Modified: 2023-05-18
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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