Castilleja integra
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Castilleja integra

Indian paintbrush
painted cup

  family orobanchaceae 
  genus castilleja 

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Genus  Castilleja Species  integra Variety  Cultivar  Common names  Indian paintbrush   painted cup   Dahitzihidaa' Family  OROBANCHACEAE Specimen number  S10151 Data source  DyeFib p75;HumGrdn p75
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit    Overall height  2' - 2' 6" Overall spread   
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Well drained Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  USDA zones 05a-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 integra has a good supply of nectar that hummingbirds feed on. The flowers of Indian paintbrush (also known as painted cup) as well as the bark have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Castilleja integra is known as Dahitzihidaa' in Navajo. Tan and tan are common colors produced with this plant. This species can survive cold winters where the average annual low is -20� Fahrenheit. This plant does best in full sun. It prefers well drained soils. It must be planted with a host plant (such as blue gamma grass) nearby, as this is a partially parasitic species.
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  Flowers   Bark Dye color  tan,black
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 integra probably originates from Southwest US, Colorado, western Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and northern Mexico.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Castilleja integra has an annual life cycle. Flowers: Indian paintbrush (locally known in some parts as painted cup) has showy bracts with inconspicuous flowers. This long flowering plant is in bloom from March through September. The flowers are usually a vermillion color.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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