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Castilleja rhexiifolia (Splitleaf indian paintbrush)
Beckers, Eric

Castilleja rhexiifolia

Castilleja rhexiifolia Rydb.

Splitleaf Indian Paintbrush, Rosy Indian Paintbrush

Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)

Synonym(s): Castilleja lauta, Castilleja leonardii, Castilleja oregonensis

USDA Symbol: CARH4

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

A cluster of usually unbranched stems rises 8-24 in. from the woody base of this perennial wildflower. The showy, paintbrush-like inflorescence is short and dense with large, rose or crimson, occasionally yellow, bracts.

The roots of Castilleja species tap into the roots of a host plant for survival.


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Plant Characteristics

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

Bloom Information

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


USA: CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC
Native Distribution: Mts. from Alt. to B.C., s. to w. CO, UT & n.e. OR
Native Habitat: Moist, open, alpine to subalpine woods & slopes

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: The roots of Castilleja spp. hook to the roots of a host plant for survival.


Description: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes

Find Seed or Plants

Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

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.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2016-03-04
Research By: TWC Staff

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