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Franciscan Paint Brush
Castilleja subinclusa
About Franciscan Paint Brush (Castilleja subinclusa) 0 Nurseries Carry This Plant Castilleja subinclusa is a species of Indian paintbrush known by the common name longleaf Indian paintbrush. It is native to California and Baja California, where it grows in a number of habitat types. It is divided into two subspecies which generally do not occur together; one is widespread across the mountains of the two states, while the other is limited to the coastline surrounding the San Francisco Bay Area. In general, this is a spreading perennial herb which can exceed a meter tall. It is gray-green to purple in herbage color, and usually hairy. The lance-shaped leaves are up to 8 centimeters long. The flower cluster is up to 40 centimeters long and is made up of long, pointed leafs tipped in bright red-orange to deep red. Between the colorful leafs appear lighter flowers, which are yellow-green to pinkish and hairy.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

2 - 4 ft tall

Flower Color
Flower Color
Red, Orange

Wildlife Supported

Landscaping Information
Full Sun

Common uses
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Natural Setting
Annual Precipitation: 6.7" - 76.4", Summer Precipitation: 0.17" - 1.96", Coldest Month: 34.0" - 53.4", Hottest Month: 55.2" - 77.9", Humidity: 0.01" - 27.98", Elevation: 10" - 8798"

Alternative Names
Common Names: Longleaf 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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