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Polemonium reptans (Creeping Jacob’s Ladder)

Jacob's Ladder, Creeping Jacob's Ladder, Great Valerian, Sweet Root

Polemonium reptans, Jacob's Ladder, Bluebells, Creeping Jacob's Ladder, Great Valerian, Sweet Root, Blue Flowers

Polemonium reptans (Creeping Jacob’s Ladder) is an attractive wildflower boasting loose, terminal clusters of light blue to purple, bell-shaped flowers on sprawling, weak stems from mid-spring to early summer. Fresh looking all season, the foliage features pinnately compound leaves, each adorn with oval 7-15 leaflets. This sprawling rhizomatous perennial is excellent for a shaded rock garden or as a ground cover for woodlands or shade gardens.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm). Will freely self-seed if happy.
  • Thrives in average, moist, humusy, well-drained soils in part shade. Tolerates full sun in cool summer climates.
  • A lovely plant for beds and borders, cottage gardens, wildflower gardens, and rock gardens.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Deer resistant.
  • Native to Eastern North America.

Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Polemoniaceae
Genus Polemonium
Common names Jacob's Ladder
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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Alternative Plants to Consider

Polemonium yezoense var. hidakanum Bressingham Purple (Jacob’s Ladder)
Polemonium caeruleum (Jacob’s Ladder)
Polemonium caeruleum Brise d’Anjou (Jacob’s Ladder)
Polemonium caeruleum ‘Bambino Blue’ (Jacob’s Ladder)
Polemonium boreale ‘Heavenly Habit’ (Northern Jacob’s Ladder)
Polemonium yezoense var. hidakanum ‘Purple Rain’ (Jacob’s Ladder)

Recommended Companion Plants

Polystichum acrostichoides (Christmas Fern)
Aquilegia canadensis (Canadian Columbine)

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Requirements

Hardiness 3 - 8
Climate Zones 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Polemoniaceae
Genus Polemonium
Common names Jacob's Ladder
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid, Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spread 1' - 2'
(30cm - 60cm)
Spacing 18" (50cm)
Maintenance Average
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Native Plants United States, New York, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Vermont, Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Northeast, Southwest, Southeast, Midwest, Ohio, Minnesota, Michigan, South Dakota, Kansas, Iowa, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Arkansas, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Oklahoma
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Bees, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds And Borders, Ground Covers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Gravel and Rock Garden, Prairie and Meadow
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