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Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' (Creeping Jacob's Ladder)

Jacob's Ladder 'Stairway to Heaven', Bluebells 'Stairway to Heaven', Creeping Jacob's Ladder 'Stairway to Heaven', Great Valerian 'Stairway to Heaven', Sweet Root 'Stairway to Heaven', Plant Patent #15,187


Regarded by many as the best variegated Jacob’s Ladder ever introduced, Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' (Creeping Jacob's Ladder) is a herbaceous perennial forming a low mound of variegated leaves of bright green and creamy-white, tinged with pink in cool weather. In mid spring to early summer, soft lavender-blue flowers, adorned with white stamens, are borne atop stiff leafy stems. They rise well above the foliage mound of finely divided, fern-like leaves. New fresh leaves appear all season, keeping this plant great-looking from spring through late fall. Excellent for borders, woodland settings or rock gardens where it will stand out.

  • Grows up to 12-18 in. tall and wide (30-45 cm).
  • 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.
  • Propagate by division in spring.

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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 Polemonium - Jacob's Ladders
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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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 Polemonium - Jacob's Ladders
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 12" – 18" (30cm – 45cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Showy
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Gravel and Rock Garden, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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