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Apr 22, 2014 10:08 PM CST
|Seems to be Polemonium boreale.|
Here are references and photos:
Apr 23, 2014 3:20 AM CST
|Polemonium pulcherrimum looks close, does it have a 'skunky smell'? The leaves look quite rounded ..|
Leaves pinnately divided into 9–21 widely oval to round leaflets
Apr 23, 2014 6:42 AM CST
|P. boreale has leaves pinnately divided in 13-23 (the first link I posted has the description from Flora of Alberta), so there is considerable overlap there. |
P. pulcherrimum is a common alpine here (I've also grown it), and my impression is that it tends to be a looser-leafed, sprawling plant than the one in the photo.
Aside from the skunky smell (and perhaps general habit), the tube length of the flowers may also distinguish these two.
Here's a description of P. pulcherrimum:
The tube length for P. boreale: "the 5 lobes slightly longer than the yellowish tube and rounded at the tip".
For P. pulcherrimum: "the 5 rounded lobes equalling to nearly twice as long as the tube". (Again, some possible overlap between "slightly longer" and "equalling".)
Apr 23, 2014 7:15 AM CST
|I clipped the descriptions of both species from the site you linked to Lori, easier to compare!|
Polemonium pulcherrimum certainly looks more common, unless it's a garden plant, and I don't know the location of dirtdorphins.
One of the big differences which stand out to me is the description of the leaves, for boreale it states "elliptic to oval" and for pulcherrinum "egg-shaped to circular". These leaves look very close to circular to me.
Apr 23, 2014 8:08 AM CST
|Interesting that the sketch for P. pulcherrimum doesn't really suggest "egg-shaped to circular" to me. That characteristic seems to be variable.|
Here are photos of local P. pulcherrimum showing elliptical leaves:
These (Turner Photographics and Calphotos) show similar leaf shapes to the plants I see here:
Will be interesting to hear if it smells skunky or not.
Apr 23, 2014 8:14 AM CST
|Thank you both,|
It is a fairly tight, little mat-former in my garden, no skunky odor--
After some considerable investigation into how/where I may have acquired this plant, it must be a P. boreale variety, most likely that which is sold as 'San Juan Skies' around here...