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Polemonium pulcherrimum Hook.
Jacob's-ladder, Skunk leaf
USDA Symbol: popu3
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Blue , Purple
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug
AK , AZ , CA , CO , ID , MT , NM , NV , 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 USDA Native Status: L48(N), AK(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Dry, rocky to richer, moist soils .
Conditions Comments: This wildflower has a pungent, skunk-like odor.
PropagationDescription: Propagate by divisions or seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary but stratifying stored seed may improve results.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff