Polemonium viscosum

(Sky Pilot)

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Polemonium viscosum, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 0735

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Polemonium viscosum, Crystal Lakes, Summit Co. 6132

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Polemonium viscosum, Black Powder Pass, Summit Co. 0281

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Polemonium viscosum, Mt. Trelease, Clear Creek Co. 5058

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Polemonium viscosum, Bald Mountain, Summit County 6461

Scientific Name Polemonium viscosum USDA PLANTS Symbol POVI
Common Name Sky Pilot, Sticky Polemonium ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 31025
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Montane to alpine (9500 to 14500 ft.); open areas in high meadows and tundra.
Plant: Perennial up to 12 inches tall with clumps of erect, sticky stems; foul-smelling.
Leaves: Mostly basal leaves 2 to 5 inches long, pinnately-divided into many (13-39) small, lobed and sticky leaflets.
Inflorescence:Dense, compact terminal cyme of a several deep purple to blue-violet tubular to funnel-shaped blossoms each almost 1 inch long, 5 lobes; corolla about as long as calyx, or shorter; yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: June to August.
References: "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel, "Flora of Colorado" by Jennifer Ackerfield, and SW Colorado Wildflowers.
BONAP Distribution Map
Colorado Status:
Native

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