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Castilleja applegatei
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Wavy Leaved Paintbrush
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Castilleja applegatei

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About Wavy Leaved Paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei) Castilleja applegatei is a species of Castilleja known by the common names Applegate's Indian paintbrush and wavyleaf Indian paintbrush. It is native to the western United States. It is a short perennial with sticky, wavy-edged leaves. It bears bright, showy paintbrush-shaped flower clusters of small red to yellowish-red tubular flowers.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

Max. Height
1.5 - 2.6 ft (0.46 - 0.8 m)


Growth Rate

Flower Color
Red, Yellow

Flowering Season

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry open places

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
60' - 13689'

Annual Precip. ?
3.8" - 155.3"

Summer Precip. ?
0.23" - 5.98"

Coldest Month ?
18.4° F - 54.4° F

Hottest Month ?
39.1° F - 82.8° F

Humidity ?
0.14 vpd - 34.87 vpd

Soil Description
Prefers loamy or clay soils. Grows poorly in sandy soils.

Landscaping Information
Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Wavyleaf Indian Paintbrush, Applegate's Indian Paintbrush

Sources include: Wikipedia. All text shown in the "About" section of these pages is available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. Plant observation data provided by the participants of the California Consortia of Herbaria, Sunset information provided by Jepson Flora Project. Propogation from seed information provided by the Santa Barbara Botanical Garden from "Seed Propagation of Native California Plants" by Dara E. Emery. Sources of plant photos include CalPhotos, Wikimedia Commons, and independent plant photographers who have agreed to share their images with Calscape. Other general sources of information include Calflora, CNPS Manual of Vegetation Online, Jepson Flora Project, Las Pilitas, Theodore Payne, Tree of Life, The Xerces Society, and information provided by CNPS volunteer editors, with special thanks to Don Rideout. Climate data used in creation of plant range maps is from PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University, using 30 year (1981-2010) annual "normals" at an 800 meter spatial resolution.

Links:   Jepson eFlora Taxon Page  CalPhotos  Wikipedia  Calflora

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