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PlantFiles: Wyoming Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja linariifolia

Family: Orobanchaceae
Genus: Castilleja (kas-tee-LEE-uh) (Info)
Species: linariifolia (lin-ar-ee-FOH-lee-uh) (Info)

Synonym:Castilleja arcuata
Synonym:Castilleja candens
Synonym:Castilleja fulgens
Synonym:Castilleja howellii
Synonym:Castilleja trainii

Alpines and Rock Gardens
Parasites and Hemiparasites

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3-6 in. (7-15 cm)
6-9 in. (15-22 cm)

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Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral htop On Feb 5, 2005, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:

I have not grown this plant. It is a native plant found in the western USA (Arizona,California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah and Wyoming) often
appearing in sagebrush country. It thrives in poor, well drained sandy soil. The rootstock is woody. The 2-8cm long linear leaves are usually entire. It has thinly segmented floral bracts. The apexes are red, the corollas 30-40mms and the calyxes red.

This plant is semiparasitic on other plants which makes it almost impossible to transplant. All paintbrushes are semiparasitic. The genus was named after Juan Domingo Castillejo, a Spanish botanist in 1781.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Kiowa, Colorado
Ranchester, Wyoming
Sheridan, Wyoming

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