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Wyoming Paintbrush
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About Wyoming Paintbrush (Castilleja linariifolia) Castilleja linariifolia is a perennial plant, native to the United States and is the state flower of Wyoming. It has a number of common names including Wyoming Indian paintbrush, Narrow-leaved Indian paintbrush, desert paintbrush, Wyoming desert paintbrush, Wyoming paintbrush, linaria-leaved Indian Paintbrush, and Indian paint brush. It grows up to 1 meter in height and has linear leaves which are between 20 and 80 millimeter in length and have up to 3 lobes. The flowers, which consist of a red to yellow calyx and yellow-green floral tube, appear in panicles or spikes between June and September in its native range.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

Max. Height
3.3 ft (1 m)

Flower Color
Orange, Yellow

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry plains, rocky slopes

Sun, Part Shade

Elevation ?
397' - 12063'

Annual Precip. ?
3.6" - 57.7"

Summer Precip. ?
0.22" - 3.60"

Coldest Month ?
20.3° F - 59.1° F

Hottest Month ?
41.8° F - 87.8° F

Humidity ?
0.38 vpd - 40.15 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Rarely Available

Other Names
Common Names
Wyoming Indian Paintbrush, Wyoming Desert Paintbrush, Narrow-leaved Indian Paintbrush, Linaria-leaved Indian Paintbrush, Indian Paint Brush

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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