OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Polemonium reptans var. reptans   FAMILY Polemoniaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polemonium reptans var. reptans   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 159-02-001:
Polemonium reptans   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Spreading Jacob's Ladder, Creeping Jacob's-ladder, Greek Valerian


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image of Polemonium reptans var. reptans, Spreading Jacob's Ladder, Creeping Jacob's-ladder, Greek Valerian

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polemonium_reptans_3

March        

image of Polemonium reptans var. reptans, Spreading Jacob's Ladder, Creeping Jacob's-ladder, Greek Valerian

JK Marlow    jkm0404c_27

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Flowers are bell-shaped with 5 lobes, 1/2-3/4" long, in loose panicles, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Polemonium reptans var. reptans, Spreading Jacob's Ladder, Creeping Jacob's-ladder, Greek Valerian

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_reptans_jacobsl

April    Floyd County    GA

Stamens included or slightly exserted; stigma 3-lobed and exserted, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Polemonium reptans var. reptans, Spreading Jacob's Ladder, Creeping Jacob's-ladder, Greek Valerian

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_reptans_jacobslb

April    Floyd County    GA

Calyx puberulent, campanulate, persistent; lobes ovate-lanceolate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Polemonium reptans var. reptans, Spreading Jacob's Ladder, Creeping Jacob's-ladder, Greek Valerian

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polemonium_reptansb

April        

Each flower has 5 rounded petals with fine veins that run along their length, per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Polemonium reptans var. reptans, Spreading Jacob's Ladder, Creeping Jacob's-ladder, Greek Valerian

JK Marlow    jkm150827_909

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

The principal leaves have 11-21 leaflets, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.


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WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (11/30/12):
Polemonium reptans var. reptans   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polemonium reptans var. reptans   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 159-02-001:
Polemonium reptans   FAMILY Polemoniaceae

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1109

Forb
Perennial

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

Habitat: Moist, nutrient-rich forests, such as bottomlands and rich slopes, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Odd-pinnately compound: 11-21 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Blue-violet/ White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5-lobed campanulate persistent calyx
5-lobed campanulate corolla
5 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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