Castilleja minor
annual paintbrush

Distribution: Central Washington and eastern Oregon to southern Montana, south to Arizona.

Habitat: Alkaline marshes and meadows, mostly at low elevations.

Flowers: Late June - September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Annual, Biennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Annual, the stem erect, unbranched, glandular-villous, 3-8 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, linear-lanceolate, entire, glandular-pubescent.


Inflorescence becoming greatly elongate, the flowers well-spaced; bracts lanceolate, entire, glandular, much longer than the flowers, the upper third of the upper ones scarlet; calyx 15-20 mm. long, deeply cleft above and below, its primary lobes again divided into acute, linear segments; corolla yellowish, not much longer than the calyx, the upper lip short and blunt and the lower lip inconspicuous; stamens 4.



Accepted Name:
Castilleja minor (A. Gray) A. Gray
Publication: Bot. California [W.H.Brewer] i. 573.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
var. exilis – seep paintbrush    East of the Cascades in Washington; British Columbia south to California, east to the Rocky Mountain states.
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Castilleja minor checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Castilleja minor atlas page.

CalPhotos: Castilleja minor photos.

USDA Plants: Castilleja minor information.

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