Origin of Genus Name: Castilleja is named for Domingo Castillejo, late 18th century
Presidio Locations: Found on brushy slopes throughout the dunes and dry banks near coast.
Range In State: California coast.
Description: This native perennial species has showy, bright red to yellow flowers with spout-like "petals" which are really modified leaves enclosing the tubular flowers. This bristly and sticky plant is a green-root parasite (grows into the roots of its host to steal water and nutrients) and is often found growing with Coyote Bush, Sagewort and Mock Heather. Blooms March to July.