Polemonium caeruleum is a perennial herb of height 1.2 meters with glandular and pubescent upper branches. Leaves are pinnately compound. Flowers are blue in Color.
The specific name caeruleum means Blue refers to blue color flowers.
Himalayan Jacob’s Ladder
Polemoniaceae (Phlox family)
June to September
Mountain slopes and shruberries, bank of rivers.
The plant was first used as a medicinal herb in ancient Greece. The ancient Greeks used the root to treat dysentery, toothaches and animal bites. The plant was also found in a few European pharmacies during the nineteenth century and was used as an antisyphilitic agent and to treat rabies. Today, the plant is usually used in potpourris and is boiled in olive oil to make black dyes and hair dressing, but it has few other significant uses.
Location in the Valley of flowers
You can find this flower easily in valley of flowers, provided you visit in mid July. It along with Geranium, Campanula Latifolia paints valley of flowers in Blueish purple shade.
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