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Lesser Indian Paintbrush
Castilleja minor
About Lesser Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja minor) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Castilleja minor is a species of flowering plant in the broomrape family known by the common name lesser Indian paintbrush. It is native to western North America from British Columbia to California to New Mexico, where it grows in moist habitats such as spring meadows. This is an annual herb growing a mostly unbranching slender stem to heights from 30 centimeters to well over a meter. The leaves are lance-shaped and several centimeters long. The top of the stem is occupied by an flower cluster of green leafs tipped with bright red and smaller, yellowish flowers. The fruit is a capsule just over a centimeter long.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Annual Herb

1 - 5 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Orange, Green, Yellow, Red

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Natural Setting
Site Type
Site Type
Wet places

Annual Precipitation: 4.8" - 59.6", Summer Precipitation: 0.14" - 2.84", Coldest Month: 23.8" - 58.8", Hottest Month: 46.8" - 87.5", Humidity: 0.72" - 38.31", Elevation: 5" - 9778"

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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