POLEMONIUM VISCOSUM  


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A member of the phlox family, Polemonium viscosum  is one of a number of Jacob Ladders that are found in British Columbia.  Its common name of Sky Pilot is symbolic of its place of residence amongst the high alpine crevices and screes of the western mountains of North America from British Columbia  to Nevada and New Mexico.  Its leaves are divided into numerous leaflets that in turn are 3 to 5-part divided and arranged in a whorl-like manner.  The effect is the very dense leaf that is evident in the photographs.  If handled, the leaves give off a skunk-like odor.  Normally, this plant has deep cobalt blue flowers that are set off by the bright orange yellow anthers.  Akamina Ridge is home to a population of chalk blue-flowered forms among which can be found at least one pure white-flowered plant. 

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Akamina Ridge is home to a population of chalk blue-flowered forms of Polemonium viscosum among which can be found at least one pure white-flowered plant.





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