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Greek Valerian


Scientific Name     

Polemonium reptans L.

Family Name

Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)

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Characteristics:  

Habitat:  

rich, moist woods 

Plant Height:  

30-45 cm, decumbent 

Flower Color:  

blue

Flower:  

complete; perfect; 5 lobes; 5 stamens equal with corolla length; stigma 3-lobed and protruding 

Inflorescence:  

corymb (flat-topped flower cluster in which individual flower stalks grow upward from various points of main stem to approximately the same height) 

Fruit:  

capsule

Leaves:  

alternate; basal; pinnately compound; entire; 5-21 oblong to lanceolate to oblanceolate to oval leaflets 

Bloom Time:  

April-May

Origins:  

native

Other:  

very similar to P. van-bruntiae and the common names (Greek Valerian and Jacob's Ladder are often interchangeable);  P. van-bruntiae has stamens that are longer than petals, blooms slightly later and typically prefers moister habitats