Jacob’s Ladder

Polemonium caeruleum

This plant forms a lush mound of deep green, ferny foliage, bearing upright stems with star-shaped blue or white flowers, held in small heads beginning in late Spring. The flowers are similar to Phlox, attract butterflies and hummingbirds, and are beautiful as a cut flower. Tends to self-seed prolifically, and is deer tolerant. The plant is used medicinally as an astringent, expectorant, and diaphoretic, and has been used internally for a wide range of conditions from headaches to fevers.

Water: Moderate

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: An erect, clump-forming perennial that typically forms a foliage mound 18 to 24” tall and wide

Light: Full Sun to Partial Shade

Soil: Average, well-draining soil

Origin: Northern Asia, Northern and Central Europe

Additional Characteristics: Deer Resistant

Jacob’s Ladder