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POLEMONIUM reptans 'Stairway To Heaven'

Image of Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' PP15187

Debbie Schilling

Family

Polemoniaceae

Botanical Name

POLEMONIUM reptans 'Stairway To Heaven' PP15187

Plant Common Name

Spreading Jacob's Ladder

General Description

Spreading Jacob's ladder is a ferny-leaved, low-growing, creeping herbaceous perennial native to the central and eastern United States and eastern Canada. The leaves of the variegated cultivar 'Stairway to Heaven' are beautifully edged in white. Clusters of pale violet-blue blooms appear on branching stems in spring.

'Stairway to Heaven' prefers moist well-drained soil and partial shade. Deadhead to prevent self-sowing. Plant in a woodland edge or shady border. Slugs may be a problem.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17

  • Plant Type

    Perennial

  • Sun Exposure

    Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12"-16" / 30.5cm - 40.6cm

  • Width

    14"-18" / 35.6cm - 45.7cm

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Northeastern United States, Mid-Atlantic United States, Southeastern United States, Central United States, Canada

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Clump-Forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    Light Blue

  • Fruit Color

    Brown

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Spring) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    White, Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Variegated

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    No

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edging, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall, Wildflower

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes