Castilleja sessiliflora (Downy Paintbrush) - photos and description

Castilleja sessiliflora

Castilleja sessiliflora

Castilleja sessiliflora

Castilleja sessiliflora

Castilleja sessiliflora

Castilleja sessiliflora

Castilleja sessiliflora
Upper stem leaf in above photo

Castilleja sessiliflora
Lower stem leaf in above photo

General: Perennial plants from a woody crown. Entire plant downy hairy.

Flowers: Flowers white to pink, arching, the upper lip about twice as long as the 3-lobed lower lip. Flowers measured to 5 cm long.

Leaves: Leaves alternate. Upper leaves cleft into 3 lobes, upper leaf measured at 3 cm long and 3 cm wide. Lower leaves entire, linear, lower leaf measured at 30 mm long and 3 mm wide.

Height: Height listed in Budd's Flora to 30 cm, we measured plants to 19 cm tall.

Habitat: Hillsides on the southern prairie.

Abundance: Rare to uncommon, ranked as an S3S4 by the Saskatchewan Conservation Data Centre.

Origin: Native.

When and where photographed: Photos taken June 17th, steep prairie roadside, edge of the Dirt Hills, about 100 km south west of our home in Regina, SK.