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Polemonium pulcherrimum
showy polemonium

Distribution: Widely distributed in Washington; Alaska south to the Sierra Nevada of California, east to Wyoming.

Habitat: High elevations in the mountains, often in open areas above timberline.

Flowers: May-August

Origin: Native

Growth Duration: Perennial

Conservation Status: Not of concern


Small, compact, taprooted perennial, the clustered stems up to 2 dm. tall, strongly glandular in the inflorescence.


Leaves alternate and pinnate, the basal leaves well developed, the cauline reduced; leaflets 11-25, under 1 cm. long and 5 mm. wide.


Inflorescence congested, few to several flowered; calyx herbaceous, 4-5 mm long, the 5 lobes usually shorter than the tube; corolla blue with a yellow eye, bell-shaped, 7-11 mm. long and wide, the 5 lobes equaling the tube; style 3-parted; ovary superior.


Capsule 3-celled.

Accepted Name:
Polemonium pulcherrimum Hook.

Synonyms & Misapplications:
(none provided)
Additional Resources:

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

WA Flora Checklist: Polemonium pulcherrimum checklist entry.

OregonFlora: Polemonium pulcherrimum information.

E-Flora BC: Polemonium pulcherrimum atlas page.

CalPhotos: Polemonium pulcherrimum photos.

USDA Plants: Polemonium pulcherrimum information.

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