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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Price Level: 
Perennial- Specialty Species Tier 3
Sizing Options: 
Flat of 18 (pints)

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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Dry, Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Harsh Exposure Tolerant


Prairie Grasslands, Sandy Soils

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate


Flower color

Cream Yellow

Fall color

Yellow Orange


Mature height
10 Inches
Mature width
10 Inches
Max height
1 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

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