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Wildflower List:

Desert Indian Paintbrush

Castilleja angustifolia


Castilleja angustifolia is a species of wildflower known by the common names northwestern paintbrush and desert Indian paintbrush. It is an herbaceous perennial native to the desert scrub and woodlands of western North America. This Indian paintbrush is under half a meter in height and has bristly gray-green to purple-red herbage. It stands in a clump of erect stems, each topped with an flower cluster of somewhat tubular flowers in bright red to orange-red, sometimes tinted with purple, and usually fuzzy with a thin coat of white hairs. The centimeter-long capsule fruits contain honeycomb-patterned seeds. This plant can be red orange or yellow in color.

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Looks like a paintbrush made of ragged leaves that has been dipped in red-orange paint.

4-16" tall with short, narrow and hairy leaves extending from the base and sometmes up stalk.

Commonly found on dry and rocky slopes of the Mojave Desert in sagebrush and shadscale scrub, joshua tree and pinyon-juniper woodland to 8000'.

Blooms from April to August.

Figwort Family (Scrophulariaceae)

Desert Habitat:
  • Pinyon-juniper woodland
  • Joshua tree woodland



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