Search Field Guide
Advanced Search
MT Gov Logo
Montana Field Guide

Montana Field Guides

Parrot-head Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja pilosa

Native Species

Global Rank: G4G5
State Rank: S3S4

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:

External Links

General Description
Perennials 8-35 cm tall, often decumbent; vestiture spreading-hairy but non-glandular. Leaves 10-50 mm, linaer-lanceolate, lobes 0-3. Inflorescence 3-20 cm long; bracts 10-30 cm long, lobes 3-5, pale green or purplish, white-margined, the central lobe truncate or rounded. Calyx 10-20 mm mlong, subequally divided about halfway, lobes linear-lanceolate; corolla 13-22 mm long, beak 4-6 mm long, pale yellow-green, lower lip 305 mm long, pouches shallow; stigma more or less exserted, dark. Fruit 8-12 mm long. Seed about 1 mm long, coat deeply netted, tight fitting, walls ladder-like (Chuang and Heckard, 1993, The Jepson Manual).

This description is for material from California, which may differ somewhat from specimens in Montana.

Species Range

Range Comments
OR, ID, CA, NV, WY, and reported for Beaverhead, Madison and Carbon counties in MT.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 4

(Click on the following maps and charts to see full sized version) Map Help and Descriptions
Relative Density



(Observations spanning multiple months or years are excluded from time charts)

Dry sagebrush to alpine barrens.

Login Logout
Citation for data on this website:
Parrot-head Indian Paintbrush — Castilleja pilosa.  Montana Field Guide.  .  Retrieved on , from