Sweden wildflowers: Jacob's-ladder

Polemonium caeruleum, SE: Blågull, DE: Himmelsleiter,
NL: Jakobsladder, UK: Jacob's-ladder, Greek valerian

Blue or sometimes white flowers

Scientific name:  Polemonium caeruleum L.
Swedish name:  Blågull
German name:  Himmelsleiter
Nederlandse naam:  Jakobsladder
English name:  Jacob's-ladder, Greek valerian
Family:  Polemoniaceae, Jacob's-ladder or phlox family, Blågullsväxter

Sweden Flowers,Polemonium caeruleum, SE: Blågull, DE: Himmelsleiter, NL: Jakobsladder, UK: Jacob's-ladder, Greek valerian

Life form:  Perennial herb
Stems:  Height 80cm, erect
Leaves:  Alternate, ladder-shaped leaves, pinnated, lower leaves about eight pairs of leaves
Flowers:  Blue or sometimes white flowers, cup-shaped, yellow anthers
Flowering Period:  July-August
Fruits:  Dry and splits open when ripe
Habitat:  Anthropogenic (man-made or disturbed habitats), meadows, fields and watercourses
Distribution:  Throughout the country

Polemonium caeruleum, SE: Blågull, DE: Himmelsleiter, NL: Jakobsladder, UK: Jacob's-ladder, Greek valerian


Derivation of the botanical name:
Polemonium, Greek polemos battle or Polemon founder of a dynasty of kings 36 BCE., who ruled over Pontus until 63 CE. Pontus (pɒntəs; Greek: Πόντος, "sea", ancient region of Anatolia.
caeruleum, Latin Caelum sky; means blue
  • The standard author abbreviation L. is used to indicate Carl Linnaeus (1707 – 1778), a Swedish botanist, physician, and zoologist, the father of modern taxonomy.

Flowers in Sweden, Wildflowers, Polemonium caeruleum, SE: Blågull, DE: Himmelsleiter, NL: Jakobsladder, UK: Jacob's-ladder, Greek valerian



Polemonium caeruleum, SE: Blågull, DE: Himmelsleiter, NL: Jakobsladder, UK: Jacob's-ladder, Greek valerian



Polemonium caeruleum, SE: Blågull, DE: Himmelsleiter, NL: Jakobsladder, UK: Jacob's-ladder, Greek valerian