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Castilleja chromosa

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  • Photo by George Rembert
  • Photo by George Rembert
  • Photo by George Rembert

Castilleja chromosa

Desert Indian Paintbrush

Community: Desert

Brief Description

Tufts of orange add flair to parched landscapes. Full details »
  • Bright Orange-Red
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Long-Blooming
  • Compact Size

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Plant Description and Details

As if to compensate for its dreary native landscape, Desert Paintbrush unfurls large, showy, tufted flowers on a compact plant. It takes up residence in dry soils, such as the extreme salt deserts of Utah. Sagebrush and Ponderosa Pine canoften be found in the same environments. Needs a companion plant like sagebrush. Ours come already growing with a host plant of a native grass or perennial.
Common Names Desert Indian Paintbrush
Community Desert
Annual Water Needs 10-15 inches
Drought Tolerant Yes
Native Range Valleys and foothills, dry areas, throughout western states.
Native States CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA, WY
Hardiness Down to Zone 4
Exposure Sun
Soil Preference Well Drained
Placement Rock gardens, hummingbird and butterfly gardens, naturalized desertscapes. Plant in the rooting zone of a companion plant (i.e. sagebrush).
Mature Height 1 - 2 ft.
Mature Width 16 in.
Group Spacing 10-24 in.
Blossom Color Red-Orange
Blooms Late Spring
Establishment Tips Water at planting and 2-3 times deeply the first summer.
Maintenance Tips Cut dead stalks to ground in late winter.
Wildlife Notes Hummingbirds and butterflies are attracted to the red blooms
Plants Symbol CACH7
Family Name Scrophulariaceae
Lewis & Clark No

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