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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
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Toni
Nov 26, 2017 6:00 PM CST
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This colorful little plant is about 3 inches high and spread about 6 or 7 inches living in the high desert of central Oregon.
Toni
I aspire to be the person my dog thinks I am
Georgia, United States (Zone 7b)
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Nisauabukunouki
Nov 26, 2017 9:55 PM CST
Though I'm not 100% sure I think it's an Indian Paintbrush of the genus Castilleja. As to a what species, I'm pretty sure it's a Castilleja rupicola. I think this because it's native to Oregon and shares similar qualities to the Picture you posted.
Cliff Indian paintbrush (Castilleja rupicola)

There is also a possibility it could be one of the many hybrids that exist naturally.

Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
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Toni
Nov 26, 2017 10:33 PM CST
I appreciate your input. I question it being cliff paintbrush as the leaves have smooth edges whereas my photo shows serrated edged leaves.
Toni
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 27, 2017 12:37 AM CST
Its not a Paintbrush - they look completely different.

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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 27, 2017 1:08 AM CST
It reminds me very much of the wild Penstemon that grows around here. I'll take a photo of one tomorrow.
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 28, 2017 7:29 PM CST
Sorry it took some time to get back to you. It rained yesterday and the photos I took were blurry so had to try again. This may be your plant but this is an adult version - I couldn't find any seedlings. They do turn red if it gets cold enough.
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Name: Toni Melvin
Sherwood Oregon (Zone 8a)
Region: Oregon Region: Pacific Northwest Organic Gardener Native Plants and Wildflowers Herbs Beekeeper
Permaculture Composter Canning and food preservation Bee Lover Vermiculture Garden Ideas: Level 1
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Toni
Nov 28, 2017 8:48 PM CST
@Daisyl
Thank you for your time and trouble.
That sure does look like mine.
Toni
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Name: Daisy I
Reno, Nv (Zone 6b)
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DaisyI
Nov 28, 2017 9:16 PM CST
My penstemon is Penstemon palmeri but it does not occur in Oregon for some reason. But it does occur in every state around Oregon and I have never understood how plants know where the state lines are. Smiling

Here is a list that are known to occur in Oregon east of the Cascades. You will probably have to go back next summer to look for flowers to narrow this list down though. There are a LOT of them, it seems.

http://science.halleyhosting.c...
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