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Dwarf Alpine Paintbrush
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About Dwarf Alpine Paintbrush (Castilleja nana) Castilleja nana is a species of Indian paintbrush known by the common name dwarf alpine Indian paintbrush. It is native to the western United States from the Sierra Nevada of California east to Utah, where it grows in dry, rocky alpine habitat. This is a small, hairy perennial herb growing up to about 25 centimeters tall but often remaining much smaller. The leaves are narrowly lance-shaped and up to about 3.5 centimeters long. The flower cluster is a cluster of pointed yellow-green, pink, or pale purple, hairy leafs. Between the leafs appear the small purple-spotted yellow flowers, which are pouched with tiny, protruding stigmas.
Plant Description
Plant Type
Perennial herb, Annual herb

Max. Height
9.8 in (24.9 cm)

Flower Color
Pink, Cream, Yellow, Green, Purple

Native Status

Natural Setting
Site Type
Dry alkeline places


Elevation ?
2140' - 14243'

Annual Precip. ?
10.9" - 86.6"

Summer Precip. ?
0.68" - 3.10"

Coldest Month ?
17.2° F - 46.2° F

Hottest Month ?
36.3° F - 70.3° F

Humidity ?
0.97 vpd - 20.60 vpd

Landscaping Information
Common uses
Butterfly Gardens

Nursery Availability
Never or Almost Never Available

Other Names
Common Names
Dwarf Alpine 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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