Polemonium reptans

Polemonium reptans


Polemonium reptans


Polemonium reptans, commonly called creeping Jacob's ladder, is a native wildflower that occurs in rich, moist woods and along streams. Typically grows in a mound to 12" tall. Features light blue, bell-shaped flowers in loose, terminal clusters appearing on sprawling, weak stems in mid to late spring. Pinnately compound leaves with oval leaflets are arranged like the rungs of a ladder. Sometimes also commonly called Greek valerian.



Best grown in moist, humusy, well-drained soil in part shade. Tolerates full sun in cool summer climates. Although technically rhizomatous, plants do not creep as the common name somewhat erroneously suggests. Freely self-seeds in optimum growing conditions.


Type: Herbaceous perennial

Family: Polemoniaceae

Zone: 3 to 8

Height: 1.00 to 1.50 feet

Spread: 1.00 to 1.50 feet

Bloom Time: April to June

Bloom Description: Blue

Sun: Full sun to part shade

Water: Medium

Maintenance: Medium

Flower: Showy

Tolerate: Deer, Black Walnut

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