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Polemonium reptans

Native Plants

Jacob’s Ladder

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Summary

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.  


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  • Plant Type
    perennial 
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    full-sun-to-partial-shade 
  • Foliage Character
    deciduous 
  • Soil Moisture
    average-to-moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-spring
  • Soil PH
    adaptable 
  • Flower Color
    blue 
  • Summer Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fall Foliage Color
    green 
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    green