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Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven'

Jacob's Ladder

'Stairway to Heaven' is a colorful new cultivar of the native form, featuring green leaves with white leaf margins that are tinged with pink in spring. Pale lavender blue, bell-shaped flowers bloom for many weeks in late spring. Foliage provides good contrast to other shade plants and combines well with purple Heucheras and deep green ferns. This Jacob's Ladder was selected by Bill Cullina of the New England Wildflower Society after observing its longevity in their garden and nursery.

Benefits

Handsome plant, colorful foliage lights up shade areas
Clusters of blue flowers provide nectar for native bees and butterflies
Unlike other variegated Polemonium, plants are hardy and long-lived
No serious pest or disease problems
Deer tend to leave this plant alone

Homeowner Growing and Maintenance Tips

Best grown in moist, rich, well-drained soil in part shade. Tolerates full sun in cool summer climates. May rebloom in early summer if you remove spent flowers in the spring.


Height
15-18 Inches

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Spread
12-15 Inches

USDA Hardiness Zone 3-8

Native Range

Moist woods; New York to Minnesota, south to Oklahoma and Alabama.

Native Trivia

Butterflies often bask using their wings as solar collectors. After a cool night, their wing muscles must warm up before they can fly. Set out a rock or two where morning light will warm them so butterflies can take advantage of the early morning sun.


"Though most of us butterflies love sun, some of my cousins search woodlands for plants like this to drink the nectar."

Patent Number: (PP15,187)
Good Companions
Wild Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis), Cranesbill (Geranium maculatum), Coral Bells (Heuchera americana), Foamflower (Tiarella cordifolia)

Characteristics & Attributes

Plan Sub Group
Low Perennials
Exposure
Filtered Shade
Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade
Soil
Well-drained
Wide soil tolerance
Soil Moisture Preference
Average
Moist
Moist but well-drained
Attracts Wildlife
Beneficial insects
Butterflies
Bloom Time
Early Spring
Late Spring / Early Summer
Critter Resistance
Deer Resistant
Habitat Collection
Butterfly
Native Habitat
Grassland
Riparian, wetland
Foliage Color
Green
Uses
Border
Container
Cut or dried flower
Edging
Ground cover
Mass plant
Naturalizes
Rock garden
Native to
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Delaware
District of Columbia
Georgia
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Dakota
Tennessee
Vermont
Virginia
West Virginia
Wisconsin