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Castilleja parviflora

Castilleja parviflora Bong.

Mountain Indian Paintbrush, Small-flower Indian-paintbrush, Rosy Indian Paintbrush; Mountain Indian Paintbrush

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)


USDA Symbol: CAPA26

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

Many slim, 3-9 in. unbranched stems arise in a cluster from a semi-woody root-crown. The flowers are enclosed by rose-pink bracts. The hairs on the stem, leaves and flower cluster are soft-woolly. Leaves are lobed.

Small-flower Paintbrush is a member of the figwort or snapdragon family (family Scrophulariaceae), which includes mostly herbs, sometimes shrubs, rarely trees, often with showy flowers.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Pink
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Canada: BC
Native Distribution: S. coastal mts. of AK, s. through mts. to OR
Native Habitat: Subalpine meadows

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Description: Well-drained 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.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2009-01-13
Research By: TWC Staff

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