Jacob’s Ladder

3 Mar

Jacob’s Ladder (Polemonium), 8 to 36 inches, blue/purple/white flowers spring to early summer, excellent for woodland gardens, good cut flower.

Lush rosettes of finely divided, ferny, light to medium green foliage. Blossom stalks are typically leafy and bear clusters of bell-shaped flowers in spring or early summer. Good under trees. Grow from seed or from divisions made after bloom or in spring; give well-drained soil. Many species are choice wildflowers from Western mountains.

Polemonium caeruleum

Native to Europe,Asia. Fairly upright-growing plant to 1–3 ft. high, 1–1 1/2 ft. wide. Lavender-blue, pendulous, 1-in. flowers.


Polemonium carneum

Native from Washington west of the Cascades to California. Sprawls to 1–1 1/2 ft. high, 1 ft. wide. Yellowish buds open to 1/2–1-in. peachy pink blossoms that age to purplish blue.


Polemonium pulcherrimum

Native from Alaska to California. Sprawling or erect, to 1 ft. high and wide. Crowded clusters of 1/2-in. flowers in blue shades or white, often with yellow throat. Good in shaded rock gardens.


Polemonium reptans

Native to eastern U.S. Weak-stemmed plant to 1– 1 1/2ft. high, 1 ft. wide; light blue, 3/4-in. flowers



3 Responses to “Jacob’s Ladder”

  1. V.Round May 17, 2012 at 3:04 pm #

    Do they require deadheading?

    • heiditarver May 17, 2012 at 4:11 pm #

      Not required, but it’s always a good idea!

  2. Brenda A. June 20, 2012 at 11:42 am #

    I love this plant. So beautiful with its lush, soft, green and white leaves, you can enjoy it before and after the flowers are gone. The Polemonium Jacobs Ladder will never fail you with its beauty.

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