Family, Polemonium. Color, crimson. Calyx, tubular, 5-ribbed and 5-cleft into long, narrow, ribbon-like segments. Corolla, a slender tube, with a wheel-shaped, 5-lobed, open, spreading border. Stamens, 5, short, inserted on the tube of the corolla. Style, 3-lobed. Capsule, 3-celled. Flowers, in separate, few-flowered cymes, several on the stem, making a 1 panicle, leafy below, and with 1 or 2 leaves under each small cyme 18 inches to 3 feet high. Stem, often purple-spotted. June to August.

In rich woods, beside streams, Connecticut to Florida, westward to Minnesota and Tennessee.