Rough Indian paintbrush, Zion Indian paintbrush
East Nevada, south Utah, west Colorado and northwest New Mexico
Pinyon-juniper woodland, sandy locations, in cliff alcoves and along canyons
Linear, 2 to 3 inches long, alternate, undivided towards the base but divided higher up
Castilleja scabrida grows in the Four Corners area, westwards into Nevada, and is characterised by a thick covering of very short but rigid hairs on both sides of the leaves - both the regular green leaves around the base of the green or purple stem, and the modified red bracts towards the top. The plant is one of the low-growing members of this genus, staying close to the ground, and often forming small, neat clusters in rocky crevices. The leaves can be quite long, up to 3 inches, and grow densely. The yellow-green tubular flowers appear a little way below the top of the stems.