Common Names: Spreading Jacob's ladder, creeping Jacob's ladder, false Jacob's ladder, abscess root, american Greek valerian, blue bells, stairway to heaven, sweatroot
Sub-category: Jacob's ladder
Grows to 50 cm tall, with pinnate leaves up to 20 cm long with 5 to 13 leaflets. The leaves and flower stems grow from a vertical crown with abundant fibrous roots. The flowers are produced in panicles on weak stems from mid to late spring. They are 1.3 cm long and have five light blue-violet petals that are fused at the base, enclosed by a tubular calyx with five pointed lobes. Pollinated flowers develop into an oval pod with three chambers, 6 mm long, which is enclosed by the green calyx.
Typically found in rich, moist woods, often along streambanks.
Primary Flower Color: Blue/Purple
Secondary Flower Color: Blue/Purple