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     Spreading Jacob's Ladder features lovely bell-like blue flowers appearing loosely in clusters atop graceful foliage.  It makes a beautiful groundcover for a woodland garden, although it goes semi-dormant in summer.


     Jacob's Ladder is a larval host for the Papaipema unimoda and other moth species. Butterflies, native bees and beetles also are attracted. 


     Fun fact: The name Jacob's Ladder referst o the leaves resembling the ladder from Heaven that appeared to Jacob as described in the Old Testament.


     1st photo: Joshua Mayer; 2nd photo: Becky Laboy

Spreading Jacob's Ladder

1 Gallon
    • Latin: Polemonium reptans
    • Pollinator value: Very High
    • Height: 1-2 feet high and wide
    • Spacing: 6-12 inches
    • Light: Part shade (sun with enough moisture)
    • Soil: Moist, well-drained
    • Bloom: Blue, April to June
    • Foliage: Deciduous, leaflets arranged like a ladder
    • Pair with: Virginia Bluebells, Columbine, Phlox
    • Landscape: Self-seeds; groundcover, shade garden, butterfly or pollinator garden
    • Native range here
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