Greek-valerian, spreading Jacob's-ladder
Etymology: Polemonium: may have derived from the Greek philosopher Polemon
Plants: mostly erect perennial, 8"-20" tall forb; stems branching toward the top
Leaves: alternate; pinnately-divided, main leaves with 7-17 oblong leaflets 3/4"-1 1/2" long
Flowers: blue, 5-parted, 1/2" wide, bell-shaped, lobes about as long as the tube; inflorescence a few-flowered, loose, branched cluster; blooms May-June
Habitat: full sun to shade; moist to moderate moisture; meadows, woods; in rich, loamy soil
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 6, Wetland Indicator = FAC Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos David G. Smith's "Delaware Wilflowers": Beautiful photographs; descriptions Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"