Cordylanthus rigidus subsp. rigidus
Stems pubescent and hirsute, often glabrescent, hairs stiff. Spikes 5–15-flowered; proximal bracts 15–20 mm, longer than flowers, midlobes green or red distally, linear-lanceolate, 1–1.5 mm wide, apex rounded to retuse. Flowers: corolla 12–20 mm.
Phenology: Flowering Jul–Sep.
Habitat: Open, montane woodlands, chaparral margins.
Elevation: 300–2700 m.
Subspecies rigidus is the most widespread of the subspecies, showing great variability in height, leaf shape, and amount of pubescence. It often can be recognized by its inflorescence bracts, which are rounded to retuse and longer than the flowers.