Polemonium species

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Scientific Name Polemonium pulcherrimum ssp. delicatum USDA PLANTS Symbol
POPUD3
Common Name Jacob's Ladder ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.
524549
Family Polemoniaceae (Phlox) SEINet
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Description Life zones and habitat: Subalpine and alpine. Shady areas under conifers, in thickets and moist meadows; crevices and rocky slopes.
Plant: Perennial up to 10 inches tall with multiple weak, slender stems, somewhat trailing.
Leaves: Mostly basal leaves pinnately-divided into many (17-25) small leaflets, each about 1/2-inch long.
Inflorescence: Clusters of a few flowers with 5 pale blue petals becoming lighter toward their bases; yellow throat, cream-colored stamens; 5 green, pointed, hairy sepals below.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native
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: Alpine. Open areas, tundra, rocky areas, trailsides.
Plant: Perennial up to 10 inches tall with clumps of erect, sticky stems.
Leaves: Mostly basal leaves 2 to 5 inches long, pinnately-divided into many (13-39) small, lobed and sticky leaflets.
Inflorescence: Tight clusters of a several blue-to-lavender funnel-shaped blossoms each about 1/2 to almost 1 inch long with 5 lobes (petals) and yellow stamens.
References: Descr. adapted from "Guide to Colorado Wildflowers" by G.K. Guennel and SEINet.
Colorado Status
Native



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