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Northwestern Paintbrush
Castilleja chromosa
About Northwestern Paintbrush (Castilleja chromosa) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant 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.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

1.6 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Red, Orange, Purple, Brown

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun, Part Shade

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Dry places

Annual Precipitation: 4.6" - 51.1", Summer Precipitation: 0.36" - 3.11", Coldest Month: 25.9" - 53.2", Hottest Month: 47.9" - 78.4", Humidity: 1.46" - 32.65", Elevation: 1968" - 9478"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Desert Indian Paintbrush, Northwestern Indian Paintbrush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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