Mt Cuba Center
Explore the Gardens Virtual Tour Virtual Tour

Mt. Cuba is open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

An ecological gardening certificate student completes a Native Plants of Fall exam in Mt. Cuba Center's naturalistic gardens.
Ecological Gardening Certificate Learn More Learn More
Program Guide

Classes offered year-round. Learn to garden in harmony with nature, take an art or wellness class, and more!

Wide shot of flowering Amsonia.
Latest Trial: Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region Amsonia for the Mid-Atlantic Region
Trial Garden

Mt. Cuba Center evaluates native plants and related cultivars for horticultural and ecological value.

Mt. Cuba Center's natural lands pictured at sunset.
Protecting Natural Lands Learn More Learn More
Ecological Land Management

Mt. Cuba conserves and stewards more than 1,000 acres including meadows, forests, streams and riparian corridors.

Two guests walk down the West Slope path in spring at Mt. Cuba Center.
Gift a Membership Gift Guide Gift Guide

Enjoy unlimited general admission, member discounts, guest passes, and more!

Mt Cuba Center
Back to list

Polemonium reptans

Native Plants

Jacob’s Ladder

3 Photos


Blooming in late April, Jacob’s-ladder (Polemonium reptans) 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 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 Jack-in-the-pulpit (Arisaema triphyllum), blue cohosh (Caulophyllum thalictroides), bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis), ginseng (Panax  quinquefolius), trilliums (Trillium spp.), and other woodland garden plants. Zones 3-8.  

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
  • Flowering Period
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color