Jacob’s Ladder

This nectar rich shade lover is named for it’s distinctive ladder like foliage that supports delicate flowers of white, pink, purple and yellow.  Pinching back the plant after flowering may encourage reblooming and any brown foliage that occurs from too much sun, called scorching, can be trimmed away to promote regrowth.  Bees can get both nectar and pollen from the flowers so it is a great benefit to have some of these unassuming perennials in your garden.

Divide Jacob’s Ladder every 2-4 years in the Spring.

Jacob’s Ladder

Polemonium sp.

  • Light Exposure: Sun-partial shade
  • Soil Type: Well draining
  • Height: 1-3′, depending on variety
  • Width: 6″-2′, depending on variety
  • Bloom Time: Spring to early Summer
  • Bloom Colour: White, pink, purple, yellow
  • Foliage Colour: Green, variegated green-white
  • Pests and Disease: Powdery mildew, wilt
  • Landscape Uses: Beds, borders
  • Special Features: Attractive foliage, cut flowers, drought tolerant
  • Zone: 4-9

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