[Jacob's-ladders: The Genus Polemonium in Mt. Adams Country]

Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot

Polemonium elegans

Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans

The photo above shows the attractive flowers of sky-pilot. Photographed at the summit of Little Mt. Adams on the southeastern flanks of Mt. Adams.........July 16, 2005.

Locations on Mt. Adams where this species has been seen:

1. Little Mt. Adams.

2. Moraine above High Camp.

3. Moraine above the head of Hell Roaring Meadows.

4. Highline Trail above and to the southeast of Foggy Flats.

5. Open, rocky slopes above Foggy Flats.


Leaves of Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans

The photo above shows the cluster of basal leaves of sky-pilot as seen at about 6700' along the Highline Trail #114 on the northern slopes of Mt. Adams........July 11, 2005. The densely glandular, pinnately compound leaves of sky-pilot bear more than 20 small, closely overlapping leaflets.

Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans

The photo above shows a large cluster of sky-pilot as seen in the shadow of a cliff at 6700' on the Ridge of Wonders.........August 12, 2006.

Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans - Flowers of Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans - Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans

Elegant polemonium observed between 7000' and 7200' on the north side of Mt. Adams beneath the North Clever and Lava Glaciers.........August 11, 2016.

Flowers of Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans - Inflorescence of Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans

The photo above left shows the flowers of sky-pilot as seen in the shadow of a cliff at 6700' on the Ridge of Wonders.........August 12, 2006. The photo at right shows the flowers of sky-pilot as seen above High Camp at the base of the terminal moraine of the Adams Glacier, Mt. Adams........August 12, 2016.

Sideview of a flower of Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans

The photo above shows the longer corolla tube of sky-pilot as seen on a moraine at the base of a lake above High Camp on the north side of Mt. Adams.........August 2, 2003. The flowers of the other species of Polemonium on Mt. Adams have shorter, more bell-shaped corollas.

Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans

Sky-pilot still in bloom at about 7000' on lateral moraines above the terminal morain of the Adams Glacier, Mt. Adams Wilderness......July 19, 2018.

Leaves of Elegant Jacob's-ladder, Elegant Polemonium, Sky-pilot: Polemonium elegans

Ridge of Wonders.........August 12, 2006.

Paul Slichter