Scrophulariaceae
Castilleja campestris ssp. campestris

Vernal-Pool Paintbrush

Erect, hairless, unbranched to branched. Leaves narrow, linear, 1/2–1 1/2 in. long. Flowers in dense spike, bracts like leaves, shorter, green. Flower calyx divided unevenly, hairy; flower pale yellow to orange, with straight beak, stigma extending upward. Grows in spring-wet pools, moist places, at low elevations to treeline.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Late Spring
  • Life Cycle: Annual
  • Height: 4--6 inches
  • Habitat: Vernal Wet, Shrub-Steppe
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  • Native: Yes