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Castilleja elmeri

Castilleja elmeri Fernald

Elmer’s Paintbrush, Wenatchee Indian Paintbrush, Wenatchee Indian-paintbrush

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort family)

Synonym(s): Castilleja angustifolia var. whitedii

USDA Symbol: CAEL7

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 , Subshrub
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Pink , Orange , Yellow , Green
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


Canada: BC
Native Habitat: Moist to dry rocky slopes, meadows, swales, sagebrush steppes, open conifer forests, montane to subalpine, often on serpentine.

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


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

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