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Showy Jacob's-ladder - Polemonium pulcherrimum

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Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S4

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General Description
Tufted perennial from a simple or branched caudex. Stems erect, simple or basally branched, 5–30 cm. Herbage glabrous, glandular-puberulent. Leaves mostly basal, 5–15 cm long; blades with 11–23 lanceolate, entire leaflets 5–10 mm long. Inflorescence a terminal, leafy-bracted cyme. Flowers: calyx 4–7 mm long; corolla broadly funnel-form, tube yellow at the apex, 4–5 mm long, lobes 4–8 mm long; stamens and style shorter than the corolla. Capsule 3–5 mm long, enclosed in the calyx (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Our plants are variety pulcherrimum.

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Distribution Comments
AK to CA, AZ and NM (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

Summary of Observations Submitted for Montana
Number of Observations: 24

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Habitat
Stony soil of outcrops, grasslands, meadows, talus slopes; valleys to subalpine, more common lower (Lesica 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. BRIT Press. Fort Worth, TX).

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Citation for data on this website:
Showy Jacob's-ladder — Polemonium pulcherrimum.  Montana Field Guide.  Montana Natural Heritage Program.  Retrieved on April 19, 2014, from http://FieldGuide.mt.gov/detail_PDPLM0E0J0.aspx
 
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