Plant ID forum: Interesting plant found on my property

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Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 27, 2013 1:09 AM CST
I hope someone can ID this one for me. I've had no luck finding it online. This is the only one I've found anywhere on my property, and I like it. Not sure if it's a wildflower or weed, but it's welcome to stay as long as it isn't toxic. It's growing in an area that has a lot of rock and I can't even get a shovel in the ground around it. It's about a foot and a half tall, and Mother Nature provides all of its water. Any suggestions would be most appreciated!

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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 27, 2013 2:22 AM CST
It's very similar to Castilleja cinerea ..

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/7215...

http://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/rareplants/profiles/tep/cas...

I've checked all the other possibilities for Idaho but none look like yours..

http://luirig.altervista.org/floranam/castilleja.htm
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 27, 2013 10:15 AM CST
Thanks Janet!

It sure does look a lot like the ones that you found, and I suspect that it's probably in the same family of plants, but not so sure it's exactly the same. It has at least given me somewhere to start, and I really appreciate it! I'll leave this open a bit longer and see if someone else recognizes it.

I appreciate your help!
Natalie
Name: Jay
Nederland, Texas (Zone 9a)
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Horntoad
Jun 27, 2013 11:06 AM CST

Castilleja cusickii looks similar and is native to Idaho.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mark_egger_castilleja/sets/7215...

All maps I found show Castilleja cinerea confined to California.
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texasnatureonline.com


Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 27, 2013 11:41 AM CST
Thanks Jay. The flowers on mine are orange, and maybe that is the only difference? I can't seem to find anything in Idaho that matches perfectly. I really appreciate the help!
Natalie
Name: Natalie
North Central Idaho (Zone 7a)
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Natalie
Jun 27, 2013 12:24 PM CST
I've looked a little more, and one thing that has me stumped about Castilleja cusickii is that it says it grows in moist areas. The area where this plant is growing is anything but moist. Yes, we do get rain here, but the area it is in is so rocky that there is very little moisture, as well as very little dirt. A couple of sites stated that it normally grows at mid to high elevation, but I'm only at 1,650 feet. To me, that is rather low. Maybe it's just a fluke that it ended up on my property. Hopefully it survives and reseeds. I really do like it!
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Name: Janet Super Sleuth
Near Lincoln UK
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JRsbugs
Jun 27, 2013 2:16 PM CST
Plants don't read and don't know how to stay within borders. Rolling on the floor laughing Idaho is not so far away, these maps are often a little out.

The bases of the flowers of Castilleja cinerea look like they are ridged and making seed pods, look closely at those on Flickr.

I couldn't see the likeness to Castilleja cusickii ..

http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Castilleja+cusickii&um=1&ie...

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