Jacob's Ladder, fern like variegated leaves with blue bell-shaped flowers

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, YouCanLearnSeries.com
Updated:
June 4, 2005

Jacob's Ladder is a plant that requires partial sun. The polemonium "Snow and Sapphires" variety has variegated leaves and light blue flowers in the shape of bells.

It grows wonderfully in shady areas that get some sun during the day. Requires moist, well drained soil. Does not do well in sunny, hot and dry conditions.

You can use Jacob's ladder as a perennial border and it also looks nice in rock gardens. Feel free to cut flowers after blooming to stimulate another round of blooms.

Jacob's ladder gets its name from the variegated leaves with white that resembles rungs on a ladder. You can order online at www.hampshirefarms.com. The plants at our home put on a wonderful show of leaf color and flowers from June through July. The plant will reach a height of 12 inches and can withstand temperatures to -30 degrees fahrenheit.


Perennial Partial sun / partial shade
Remove spent flowers for a second bloom moist, well drained soil
Sky blue bell shaped flowers from June through July height 12 inches
Variegated leaves resemble the rungs of a ladder width 16 inches


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Jacob's Ladder has sky blue bell shaped flowers
Jacob's Ladder has sky blue bell shaped flowers.

    

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Jacob's Ladder grows to 12 inches tall
Jacob's Ladder grows to 12 inches tall.

    
Place Jacob's Ladder in partial shade where the plant will receive some sun. Too much sun and dryness will produce a poorly grown plant with ugly leaves. Keep soil moist and well drained for best results.


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