Polemonium reptans L.
GREEK VALERIAN
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Polemonium reptans
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Mycosphaerellaceae  Cercospora omphacodes @ BPI (1)

Cercospora polemonii @ BPI (1)

Septoria polemonii @ BPI (2)

Septoria polemoniicola @ BPI (5)
Pucciniaceae  Uromyces acuminatus @ BPI (10)
Uropyxidaceae  Aecidium polemonii @ BPI (2)

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Polemonium reptans L. var. reptans Greek Valerian
Polemoniaceae — Phlox family
Uncommon native
Polemonium reptans var. reptans
White Clay Creek State Park -- Thompson Station Road
April 2002 Polemonium reptans var. reptans
White Clay Creek State Park -- Pump House Road
May 2009 Polemonium reptans var. reptans
White Clay Creek State Park -- Pump House Road
April 2012

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Polemonium reptans  L.

Jacob's Ladder

Polemonium reptans plant

Family - Polemoniaceae

Stems - From a small crown and fleshy roots, erect, multiple from the base, glabrous, hollow, greenish or with a reddish tinge, to +50cm tall, herbaceous, branching.

Polemonium reptans stem

Leaves - Alternate, petiolate, odd-pinnate, to +20cm long. Rachis and petiole winged from decurrent leaf tissue. Leaflets elliptic-ovate, entire, acute, glabrous, sessile, with 3 main veins, silver-green below, dull green above, opposite to alternate.

Polemonium reptans leaf

Inflorescence - Terminal and axillary bracteate panicles. Each division of infloresence subtended by a single small foliaceous bract. Pedicels and peduncles densely short glandular pubescent. Pedicels to 5mm long.

Flowers - Corolla lilac to blue, funnelform, 5-lobed, 1.3cm long, glabrous. Lobes rounded at apex, 6-7mm broad and long. Stamens 5, adnate near base of corolla tube, alternate with the corolla lobes. Filaments 6-7mm long, glabrous, white, floccose at the base. Anthers white, 2mm long. Style -1cm long, white, glabrous. Stigma 3-lobed. Ovary green, spherical, 1.3mm long, 1mm in diameter, 3-locular, with a large nectary at base. Placentation axile. Calyx tube campanulate, 3mm long, densely glandular puberulent, 5-lobed. Lobes acute, 2-3mm long.

Polemonium reptans calyx Calyx.

Polemonium reptans flowers

Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Rich low woods, thickets at the base of bluffs, moist ground near streams.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found nearly throughout Missouri in the habitats mentioned above. The plant is quite showy in flower and would do well as a cultivated species.
Traditionally, the plant (roots mostly) was used by natives for a variety of ailments from bronchitis to snakebites.

Photographs taken off the MKT Trail, Columbia, MO., 4-15-04.


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Polemonium reptans L.
Greek valerian

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General Information
Symbol: PORE2
Group: Dicot
Family: Polemoniaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Subshrub
Native Status : CAN   N
L48   N
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Classification

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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Solanales
Family Polemoniaceae – Phlox family
Genus Polemonium L. – Jacob's-ladder
Species Polemonium reptans L. – Greek valerian

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 2 subspecies of Polemonium reptans . Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles. Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend Distribution of <i>
Polemonium reptans</i>
L. var. <i>
reptans </i>
Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Greek valerian Distribution of <i>
Polemonium reptans</i>
L. var. <i>
villosum</i>
E.L. Braun
Polemonium reptans var. villosum
Greek valerian

Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Michigan Jacob's ladder or greek-valerian Threatened
New Jersey Greek-valerian Endangered

Wetland Status

Interpreting Wetland Status

North America
Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain FAC
Eastern Mountains and Piedmont FACU
Great Plains FAC
Midwest FAC
Northcentral & Northeast FAC

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Wildlife

Food

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

Cover

Source Large Mammals Small Mammals Water Birds Terrestrial Birds

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Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Greek-valerian
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Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Greek-valerian
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Polemonium reptans var. reptans
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Greek-valerian
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Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Greek-valerian
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Polemonium reptans var. reptans
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Greek-valerian
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Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Greek-valerian
ID: 0000 1111 2222 1689 [detail]
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Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Greek-valerian
ID: 0000 1111 2222 1690 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Greek-valerian
ID: 0000 1111 2222 1691 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Greek-valerian
ID: 0000 1111 2222 1692 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Polemonium reptans var. reptans
Greek-valerian
ID: 0000 1111 2222 1693 [detail]
© 2016 Keir Morse

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