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Sky Pilot

(Polemonium viscosum)
Phlox Family 

(Polemoniaceae)

 

A leafy plant with stems in clumps has a skunk-like scent from the sticky, glandular hairs that cover leaves and stems; funnel-shaped, blue-violet flowers bloom in loose heads atop stem. Sky Pilot, or Sticky Jacob’s-ladder, has both grass-like and fern-like leaves, occuring in bright-green, 3-6 in. high tufts. The fern-like leaves are divided into thick segments with whorls of small leaflets. A 4-20 in. flower stalk arises from the leaf tuft and bears a cluster of light blue, or occasionally white, tubular flowers. Attractive stamens with golden-orange anthers project from the throat. Sky Pilot has both skunky and sweet-smelling flowers. The name Sky Pilot comes from its preferred high elevation habitat. 

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 86  B.jpg

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 87 B.jpg

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 120 copy.jpg

 

Sky Pilot

(Polemonium viscosum)
Phlox Family 

(Polemoniaceae)

 

A leafy plant with stems in clumps has a skunk-like scent from the sticky, glandular hairs that cover leaves and stems; funnel-shaped, blue-violet flowers bloom in loose heads atop stem. Sky Pilot, or Sticky Jacob’s-ladder, has both grass-like and fern-like leaves, occuring in bright-green, 3-6 in. high tufts. The fern-like leaves are divided into thick segments with whorls of small leaflets. A 4-20 in. flower stalk arises from the leaf tuft and bears a cluster of light blue, or occasionally white, tubular flowers. Attractive stamens with golden-orange anthers project from the throat. Sky Pilot has both skunky and sweet-smelling flowers. The name Sky Pilot comes from its preferred high elevation habitat. 

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 86  B.jpg

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 87 B.jpg

 

photoblog image Colorado Trip 120 copy.jpg

 

comments (18)

I like the name and the photo...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Larry!
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 25 Jul 2018, 03:29
so very pretty
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 25 Jul 2018, 03:46
Très jolies couleurs tendres.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much!
Its a lovely colour, nice shots Ell'.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I think so, too! Thank you, Frank!
How delightful, Elizabeth. It sure would be glorious to suddenly come upon these!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Ginnie! It really was wonderful - first you gaze out over the HUGE landscape.... then your eyes catch a riot of color at your feet... and these tiny little flowers just scream "hello"!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 25 Jul 2018, 06:40
What a beautiful image of a beautiful flower! It looks rather like a bell than a sky pilot.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Philine! They are often mistaken for Harebell's!
Je ne connaissais pas cette bien jolie fleur , Merci pour les photos très belles
Bonne journée Elisabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it a lovely, Claudine! Thank you!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 25 Jul 2018, 06:47
Oh, this os so beautiful. I love the name Sky Pilot.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Alan! I do, too!
  • Astrid
  • Nederland
  • 25 Jul 2018, 07:04
Wonderful flowers, Elizabeth. Very colourful and with a nice name.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are! I just love these little tundra flowers!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 25 Jul 2018, 07:43
You are blessed with such lovely wild flowers, Elizabeth. What a fine blue this is
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Indeed, we are, Lisl! I love this color, too!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 25 Jul 2018, 07:44
Very nice. I don't think we have an equivalent here in the UK
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Perhaps not - It's certainly a gorgeous plant, often mistaken for Harebell's or Bluebell's.
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 25 Jul 2018, 09:21
Fabulous photo Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Chad!
A pretty plant, here the name Sky Pilot was used as a derogatory term for a Vicar in the Church.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It certainly is!
Oh dear!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 25 Jul 2018, 09:42
That is an intense blue. Some great pictures.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it just gorgeous!
The foliage is very interesting too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Mary - I sure think so!
I like all four of thes eimages but especially I like the first one and its composition.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Brian - I wasn't sure which I should post as the primary image - but I'm glad I chose that one!
A beautiful blue!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it an amazing color!
It may smell like a skunk, Elizabeth, but its colour and shape is just gorgeous.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Yes - I'll let it off the hook for that!

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