|Scientific Name||Castilleja rhexiifolia||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CARH4|
|Common Name||Rosy Paintbrush, Splitleaf Indian Paintbrush||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||33164|
Life zones and habitat: Foothills to alpine (7500 to 13000 ft.); moist areas in meadows, along streams and in forests.
Plant: Erect perennial with clusters of branches, 10 to 24 inches tall; smooth or slightly hairy stems.
Leaves: Alternate, linear to lanceolate leaves 1-1/4 to 2-3/4 inches long, edges entire, uppermost may have 3 shallow lobes.
Inflorescence: Dense spikes of several to many blossoms comprised of thin greenish tubes surrounded and mostly enclosed by leaf-like showy bracts, green at the bases becoming purplish or rose, occasionally red toward the tips; early the flower tubes are almost completely hidden by bracts oblong to ovate, rounded, entire with 1 or 2 pairs of short, lateral lobes.
Bloom Period: June to September.
References: "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, University of Washington and American Southwest.
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