Page author: David Giblin
Castilleja cusickii
Cusick's paintbrush

Distribution: East of the Cascades in Washington; Alberta south to Montana and Wyoming, west through Idaho to northeast Oregon.

Habitat: Open areas, lower valleys to subalpine meadows.

Flowers: April-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Review Group 2 in Washington (WANHP)


Perennial herbs, the stems clustered, erect, unbranched, 1-6 dm. tall, with soft, sticky hairs.


Leaves alternate, viscid-villous, the lower ones linear-lanceolate, entire; upper leaves broader, with 1-3 pair of divergent lobes above the middle; bracts broader than the leaves, oblong, obtuse, entire or with 1-2 pairs of short lateral lobes, pale yellow or purplish.


Inflorescence straight and upright, elongate, the flowers remote and hidden by the overlapping bracts; calyx 20-30 mm. long, deeply and equally cleft above and below, its primary lobes broad and rounded, usually entire; corolla about equal to the calyx, its lower lip prominent, the upper lip densely glandular-puberulent; stamens 4; ovary superior.



Accepted Name:
Castilleja cusickii Greenm.
Publication: Botanical Gazette 25(4): 267-268. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
Castilleja camporum (Greenm.) Howell
Castilleja lutea A. Heller
Castilleja pallida (L.) Spreng. var. camporum Greenm.
Castilleja pannosa Eastw.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Castilleja cusickii checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Castilleja cusickii atlas page.

CalPhotos: Castilleja cusickii photos.

USDA Plants: Castilleja cusickii information.

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