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Polemonium carneum

Polemonium carneum A. Gray

Royal Jacob's-ladder

Polemoniaceae (Phlox Family)

Synonym(s): Polemonium carneum ssp. luteum

USDA Symbol: POCA4

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Loosely clustered, 1-3 ft. stems are surrounded by basal clusters of dark green, pinnately compound leaves. The bell-shaped flowers of this perennial are purple, pink or buff-colored.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Pink , Purple
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Distribution: N. CA to WA
Native Habitat: Coastal brushy & grassy slopes below 2000 ft.; up to 6000 ft. farther inland

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist, well-drained soils.
Conditions Comments: The color form from the Olympic Penisula is especially suitable for the woodland garden. Seeds freely but does not become weedy.


Description: Propagate by division or seed.
Seed Treatment: No treatment is necessary but stratification may improve results.
Commercially Avail: yes

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 36 - Jepson eFlora (2019) The Jepson Herbarium, University of California, Berkeley
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Polemonium carneum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Polemonium carneum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Polemonium carneum


Record Modified: 2023-02-23
Research By: TWC Staff

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