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Jacob's Ladder
(Beautiful Jacob's-Ladder, Sky Pilot, Alpine Jacob's-Ladder, Skunkleaf)

Polemonium pulcherrimum



First Noted by Expedition
June 27, 1806, on the Lolo Trail, Idaho.
 

Description
A perennial with long, pinnately compound leaves with closely overlapping lobes. Small, blue-lavender, bell-like flowers occur in loose clusters on the flowering stem. The erect bells have a yellowish tube. Height: 8-12 in (20-31 cm).
 

Habitat
Dry, rocky, often volcanic mountain slopes; mesic to moist shaded places.
 

Range
Alaska to Sierra Nevada, California and Rocky Mountains in Wyoming.
 

Note
This wildflower has a pungent, skunklike odor.

Species information from enature.com
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