Castilleja chromosa
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Castilleja chromosa

Desert paintbrush

  family orobanchaceae 
  genus castilleja 

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Genus  Castilleja Species  chromosa Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Desert paintbrush Family  OROBANCHACEAE Specimen number  S10131 Data source  HumGrdn p76
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-08b AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  Castilleja chromosa has a good supply of nectar that hummingbirds feed on. Desert paintbrush can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30� Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15� Fahrenheit to do its best. This plant does best in full sun. It usually does best in well drained soils. This species must be planted with a host plant (such as blue gamma grass) nearby, as it is partially parasitic.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  yes Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Castilleja chromosa may have originated from Eastern Oregon, Wyoming, New Mexico and southern California.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Castilleja chromosa is an herbaceous perennial. Flowers: Desert paintbrush has showy bracts with inconspicuous flowers. This long flowering plant is in bloom from March through September. The blossoms are most often an orange color.

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