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Common Name: Wavy-Leaf Paintbrush

Scientific Name: Castilleja applegatei

Native/Introduced: Native

Main Uses:

~Wildflower plantings

~As a pollinator

Height: 1-2 feet

Colors: Bright Orange/Red

Flowering Season: June-August

Soil Types: Medium to fine textured soil



~Some saline

Sun or Shade: Full sun

Lifecycle: Perennial

Planting Seed Rate: 0.25-0.5 lbs/acre

Estimated Seeds Per Pound: 4,500,000

Optimal Planting Season: Fall

Planting Depth: 1/4 inch

Category: Forb



Wavy-Leaf Paintbrush, scientifically known as Castilleja applegatei, is a perennial plant that exhibits a low-growing habit, making it a distinctive and attractive addition to natural landscapes. This plant is characterized by its unique orange-red bracts. This wildflower typically blooms from June to August.


This species of Indian Paintbrush is naturally distributed across a significant portion of the intermountain region. It can often be found thriving on dry to moist rocky open slopes in mid to high elevations in CO, UT, ID, NV, OR and CA.


Wavy-Leaf Paintbrush has gained popularity in landscaping and conservation efforts, most notably in wildflower plantings. Its striking appearance and ecological value as a pollinator attract a variety of insects, making it a valuable addition to garden and restoration projects aimed at supporting local biodiversity.


In terms of soil preferences, Sulfur Indian Paintbrush thrives in medium-textured soils and prefers full-sun conditions for optimal growth and flowering. Wavy-Leaf Paintbrush has low water requirements.


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Photo Credit: Patrick Alexander and Andrey Zharkikh

Wavy-Leaf Indian Paintbrush Seeds


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