Perennial herb from a somewhat woody stem-base; stems several, clustered, ascending to erect, often from decumbent bases, 10-50 cm tall, usually unbranched, sticky long-soft-hairy.
Alternate, appressed-ascending and overlapping, often obscuring the stem, sticky long-soft-hairy, the lower leaves linear-lanceolate and entire, the upper ones broader, 2-6 cm long, with 1 to 3 pairs of linear spreading lobes, mostly from above the middle.
Inflorescence a prominently bracted terminal spike, narrow and ultimately elongate, the bracts pale yellow, oblong, wider than the leaves and concealing the flowers, blunt to rounded at the top, glandular-hairy, with 1 or 2 pairs of short narrow lobes; corollas 20-28 mm long, 2-lipped, the upper lip beak-like, densely glandular-short-hairy, 4-7 mm long, included in the calyx or slightly exserted, much shorter than the tube, from slightly longer than to 3 times as long as the prominent, 3-lobed, lower lip; calyces often purplish, hairy, 20-30 mm long, deeply 2-lobed, these primary lobes broad and usually rounded at the top, entire or notched; stamens 4.
Capsules, 10-13 mm long; seeds many, the seed-coats loose, net-veined.
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Illustration Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia
||Value / Class
Moisture Regime (SMR)
[0 - very xeric; 4 - mesic;
8 - hydric]
of field plots
species was recorded in:
BEC Zone Class
All BEC Zones (# of stations/zone) species was recorded in
Source: Klinkenberg 2013
Synonyms and Alternate Names:
Castilleja lutea A. Heller