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Castilleja hispida
harsh paintbrush

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; British Columbia to Oregon, east to southwestern Alberta and Montana.

Habitat: Grassy slopes and forest openings, from sea level to moderate elevations in the mountains

Flowers: April-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern

Pollination: Bumblebees, bees, hummingbirds


Perennial, the stems mostly unbranched, clustered, erect or ascending from a woody base, 2-6 dm. tall, finely villous.


Leaves alternate, lanceolate or broader, finely villous, the lower ones entire and reduced; upper leaves with 1-2 pairs of lateral lobes, these much narrower than the mid-blade.


Inflorescence showy, short and broad, becoming elongate, scarlet or red, occasionally yellow; bracts broad and deeply 3- to 5-lobed; calyx 15-30 mm. long, deeply cleft above and below, its primary lobes again divided into 2 segments; corolla 20-40 mm. long, its puberulent upper lip about equaling the tube, the lower lip only 1/5 as long, dark green, thickened; stamens 4.



Accepted Name:
Castilleja hispida Benth.
Publication: Fl. Bor.-Amer. (Hooker) 2(9): 105. 1838.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Castilleja hispida in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Castilleja hispida checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Castilleja hispida information.

E-Flora BC: Castilleja hispida atlas page.

CalPhotos: Castilleja hispida photos.

USDA Plants: Castilleja hispida information.

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