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Castilleja affinis * Indian Paintbrush

Castilleja affinis is found often in Spring wildflower displays in chaparral zones throughout the state up to an elevation of 5000 feet. Indian Paintbrush has soft hairy leaves. The tips of the bracts turn red as the plants bloom with yellow flowers. Castilleja affinis is a hemi-parasite and requires nutrients from other plants to grow. The list of associated plants that they might derive these nutrients includes Lupines, Golden Yarrow, Buckwheats and Golden Yarrow. Castilleja affinis grows to 18" tall and wide with soft hairy leaves. Castilleja affinis is a great addition to the Butterfly Garden attracting the Variable Checkerspot and Common Buckeye butterflies.

Castilleja affinis, Indian Paintbrush

Flowers and foliage of Castilleja affinis - Indian Paintbrush. High resolution photos are part of our garden image collection.