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Polemonium elegans
elegant Jacob's-ladder, elegant polemonium

Distribution: Occurring in the Olympics and Cascades mountains in Washington; British Columbia to Washington.

Habitat: Open, often rocky areas, middle to high elevations in the mountains.

Flowers: July-September

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Low perennial from a branched base and taproot, strongly glandular and smelling of skunk, the stems to 1.5 dm. tall.


Leaves alternate, pinnate, chiefly basal, with short petioles; leaflets numerous, crowded and overlapping, entire, 2.5-6 mm. long and 1-3.5 mm. wide.


Inflorescence compact, several-flowered; calyx herbaceous, 5.5-8.5 mm. long, the 5 pointed lobes about equaling the tube; corolla blue, funnel-shaped, 12-15 mm. long and half a wide, the 5 lobes shorter than the tube; style 3-parted; ovary superior.


Capsule 3-celled.

Accepted Name:
Polemonium elegans Greene
Publication: Pittonia 3(18D): 305. 1898.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

PNW Herbaria: Specimen records of Polemonium elegans in the Consortium of Pacific Northwest Herbaria database.

WA Flora Checklist: Polemonium elegans checklist entry.

E-Flora BC: Polemonium elegans atlas page.

CalPhotos: Polemonium elegans photos.

USDA Plants: Polemonium elegans information.

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