|Scientific Name||Castilleja linariifolia||USDA PLANTS Symbol||CALI4|
|Common Name||Wyoming Paintbrush, Narrow-leaf Paintbrush||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||33138|
|Description||Life zones and habitat: Foothills to subalpine (4800 to 10800 ft.); dry, sunny areas in meadows, forests, hillsides.
Plant: Erect, usually branched perennial, 6 to 36 inches tall; stems greenish-purple.
Leaves: Alternate, very narrow linear leaves, edges entire or with lateral lobes on upper leaves.
Inflorescence: Dense spikes 2 to 8 inches long of several to many blossoms comprised of thin greenish-yellow corolla tubes surrounded and mostly enclosed by the calyx of leaf-like showy bracts, green at the bases becoming red or red-orange toward the tips, narrowly 3-lobed, 5/8 to 1-3/4 inches long, somewhat hairy to smooth; early the corolla tubes are almost completely hidden by the calyx; maturing flower tubes become more prominent, extending 1-1/2 to twice the length of the calyx.
Bloom Period: June to September.
Notes: Differences with C. miniata below include bracts that have more green, and the life zone occurence, normally being found at lower elevations. C. linariifolia is the State flower of Wyoming.
References: "Flora of Colorado" Jennifer Ackerfield, SEINet and American Southwest.
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Banner photo: Ten Mile Range and Rhodiola integrifolia (King’s Crown) in Summit County