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Purple owl's clover, Exserted Indian Paintbrush
Scientific Name: Castilleja exserta (Heller) Chuang & Heckard
Synonym: Orthocarpus purpurascens
Family: Scrophulariaceae
Purple owl's clover, Exserted Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja exserta)
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Castilleja exserta at the Rancho Sta Ana Botanical Garden in early May
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: All zones

Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade

Origin: USA (Arizona, California, New Mexico, Idaho), Mexico (Baja California, Sonora, Chihuahua) below 5500 feet

Growth Habits: Annual, 1.5 to 2 feet tall (45-60 cm); alternate, pubescent leaves, 0.5 to 2 inches long, pinnately cleft into very narrow segments

Watering Needs: Very low

Propagation: Seeds

Many species of Castilleja are semi-parasite, and are then difficult to transplant without the host plant. The Purple owl's clover is one of the non parasitic species.

Blooming Habits:
Purple to rose flowers in spring, March through May

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