Castilleja angustifolia (Nutt.) G. Don
Northwestern Indian Paintbrush
Scrophulariaceae (Figwort Family)
USDA Symbol: caan7
Several erect stems with bright orange to red, flower-like tips, the bracts brightly colored.
This is one of the West's most common dry-land paintbrushes. The genus is easily recognized but many species are notoriously difficult to identify. The genus name, which honors the Spanish botanist Domingo Castillejo, is usually pronounced cast-til-lay'-yah.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Pink , Orange , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , OR , SD , UT , WA , WY
Native Distribution: Southern Idaho to eastern Oregon and eastern California; east to northern Arizona, northwestern New Mexico, western Colorado, and central Wyoming.
Native Habitat: Dry open soil, often with sagebrush.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Find Seed or Plants
Find seed sources for this species at the Native Seed Network.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Web ReferenceWebref 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 resourcesUSDA: Find Castilleja angustifolia in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Castilleja angustifolia in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Castilleja angustifolia
MetadataRecord Modified: 2023-05-17
Research By: TWC Staff