Castilleja sessiliflora

Common name: Downy Paintbrush

Native plant

Slightly less showy than other Castilleja species, Downy Paintbrush has long, lance-shaped, pale yellow to pale green flowers.  Although small in stature, these plants are quite tough!  They are well suited for dry, infertile soil and exposed sites.  Like others of this genus, they are hemiparasitic, parasitizing small grasses in order to gain extra water and nutrients.

Limited availability.


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Pricing information for
Per unit for pint growing method $7
Flats $90

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring


Harsh exposure tolerant

Growth form


General information

Mature height
10 Inches
Mature width
10 Inches
Max height
1 Feet
Max width
2 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Cream Yellow
Fall color
Yellow Orange

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