Scrophulariaceae
Castilleja hispida

Harsh Paintbrush

Cluster from woody base, with many bristly hairs. Stems erect to ascending, usually unbranched. Leaves lance-shaped to linear; upper stem leaves may be divided into 3 or more shallow lobes. Inflorescence short, elongating later. Bracts bright scarlet, sometimes yellow, broad, deeply lobed, 3–5 lobes, partly covering greenish flowers. Grows in dry openings in forests, meadows, from coast to high elevations.

  • Rarity: Locally Common
  • Flowering Time: Early Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 8--24 inches
  • Habitat: West-Side Forest, East-Side Forest, Coastal, Meadow
  • Found In: Wallowas, West Gorge, East Gorge, Columbia Basin, Siskiyous, Olympic NP, Mt. Rainier NP, N Cascades NP
  • Native: Yes