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Greek Valerian (Polemonium reptans)
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Other common names: Spreading Jacobs Ladder
Family: Polemoniaceae (Phlox)
Height: 1 to 1.5 ft.
Blooms: April to June
Leaf Type: divided
Bloom Size: 0.5 in. (typical)
Flower Description: Flat or rounded clusters, Regular blooms, 5 parts
Location: Montour Trail
More photos of this flower
- Jacob's Ladder
Jacob's ladder has an erect stem, while Greek valerian tends to droop some. Stamens of Jacob's ladder protrude beyond the petals, while those of Greek valerian do not.
We started out as wildflowers from the bicycle trails of western Pennsylvania, but we've grown!
Meyer, Joseph E. (1918). The Herbalist and Herb Doctor. Hammond, Ind.: Indiana Herb Gardens. 400 pp.