Polemonium reptans

Common name: Jacob's Ladder

Native plant

Jacob's Ladder is a small, shade plant that grows in compact mounds.  When in bloom, the mounds are covered in loose clusters of light blue, bell-shaped flowers.  Blooms occur in late spring to early summer and last 2 to 3 weeks.  Flowers are visited by a range of bees as well as many butterflies and moths.  This plant is not drought tolerant and will die back if allowed to dry out, especially if planted in sunny conditions.  Its compound leaves and dangling flower clusters offer a unique appearance and texture to the landscape.

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Plant Details

Plant type

Forb

Soil type

Dry Mesic, Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry), Moist Mesic

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade, Shade

Bloom period

Spring

Urban environment

Requires Protected Site

Habitat

Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Colonizing / Spreading

Growth rate

Moderate

Flower color

Blue

Fall color

None

Size

Mature height
10 Inches
Mature width
1 Feet
Max height
2 Feet
Max width
2 Feet

Additional information

Pollinator hot spot

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