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Castilleja parviflora
small-flowered paintbrush

Distribution: Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington; Alaska south to California, east to Alberta.

Habitat: Subalpine meadows and forest openings at high elevations.

Flowers: June-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial, the stems clustered, erect or ascending from a woody base, 1.5-3 dm. tall, unbranched, nearly glabrous.


Leaves alternate, usually glabrous, divided into 3-5 divergent lobes, the lateral segments much narrower than the mid-blade.


Inflorescence showy, rose-colored to magenta, or whitish, short and compact, later elongating; bracts villous, 3- to 5-parted, about as long as the flowers; calyx 12-20 mm. long, deeply cleft above and below, its primary lobes again divided into 2 segments up to 6 mm. long; corolla 15-25 mm. long, the upper lip about as long as the tube, and 3-5 times the length of the dark green, thickened lower lip; stamens 4.



Accepted Name:
Castilleja parviflora Bong.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. albida – mountain Indian paintbrush    Both sides of the central and northern Cascades in Washington; north to British Columbia.
var. olympica – Olympic paintbrush    Olympic Mountains, Washington.
var. oreopola – magenta paintbrush    Occurring on both sides of the Cascades crest in Washington from Mount Rainier south; central Washington to central Oregon.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Castilleja parviflora checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Castilleja parviflora atlas page.

CalPhotos: Castilleja parviflora photos.

USDA Plants: Castilleja parviflora information.

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