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Polemonium pulcherrimum

Jacob's-ladder, Skunk leaf

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Polemonium pulcherrimum (Jacob's-ladder)
Glase, Terry
An 8-12 in. perennial with a clump of several somewhat erect stems. Long, pinnately compound leaves are rather ferny in appearance, the lobes closely overlapping. Small, blue-lavender, bell-like flowers occur in loose clusters on the flowering stem. The erect bells have a yellowish tube.

This wildflower has a pungent, skunk-like odor.

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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Size Class: 0-1 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NV , NM , OR , UT , WA , WY
Canada: BC
Native Distribution: AK to CA Sierras & WY Rockies
Native Habitat: Dry, rocky, often volcanic mt. slopes; mesic to moist shaded places

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky to richer, moist soils .
Conditions Comments: This wildflower has a pungent, skunk-like odor.

Last Update: 2014-10-17