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.
Last updated: February 28, 2015