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Jacob’s Ladder

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Blooming in late April, Jacob’s ladder is a great plant for massing in the spring woodland garden. It produces loose upright shoots 12-18” tall with small, bell-shaped pale blue flowers borne in branched clusters. The leaves of Jacob’s ladder are divided into many small segments, giving plants a strong architectural appearance. Jacob’s ladder prefers partial shade to shade in moist well-drained soils. With its eye-catching flowers and foliage Jacob’s ladder is a nice complement to neighboring plants such as Arisaema triphyllum, Caulophyllum thalictroides, Sanguinaria canadensis, Panax quinqefolius, Trillium spp., and other woodland garden plants.

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