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Castilleja rupicola
cliff paintbrush

Distribution: Chiefly west of the Cascades in Washington; from southern British Columbia to central Oregon.

Habitat: Rock crevices and rocky slopes, usually above timberline.

Flowers: June-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Perennial, the stems clustered, erect or ascending from a woody base, unbranched, 1-2 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, finely villous, deeply divided into 3-5 divergent lobes, the lateral segments not much narrower than the mid-blade.


Inflorescence showy, short and few-flowered, bright scarlet or crimson; bracts villous, 5-parted, much shorter than the flowers; calyx 15-25 mm. long, deeply cleft above and below, its primary lobes again divided into 2 segments 1-5 mm. long; corolla 25-35 mm. long, the upper lip equal or longer than the tube and many times longer than the dark green, thickened, lower lip; stamens 4.



Accepted Name:
Castilleja rupicola Piper ex Fernald
Publication: Erythea 6(5): 45-46. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Castilleja rupicola checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Castilleja rupicola atlas page.

CalPhotos: Castilleja rupicola photos.

USDA Plants: Castilleja rupicola information.

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