Scrophulariaceae
Castilleja parviflora

Small-Flowered Paintbrush

Stems upright, short, hairy, turning black as they die. Leaves oval to lance-shaped, divided into 3–5 lobes, hairy. Flowers green to yellowish green, with purple edges hidden among bright magenta-red to rose, pink, or whitish 3- to 5-lobed bracts. Grows in alpine meadows, often with heathers, at mid to high elevations. Var. oreopola, found on Mount Rainier, has rose-purple bracts, flowers about 3/4 in. long. Very similar var. olympica has flowers less than 3/4 in. and is endemic to upper Olympic Mountains.

  • Rarity: Uncommon
  • Flowering Time: Mid Summer
  • Life Cycle: Perennial
  • Height: 6--15 inches
  • Habitat: Subalpine, Alpine
  • Found In: Mt. Rainier NP, Olympic NP
  • Native: Yes