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Stairway To Heaven Jacob’s Ladder

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Stairway To Heaven Jacob’s Ladder has masses of beautiful spikes of lavender flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive ferny pinnately compound leaves remain bluish-green in color with showy lemon yellow variegation and tinges of white throughout the season.

Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
12 inches (16 inches with the flowers)
Average Landscape Width:
12 inches
Genus:
Polemonium
Cultivar:
Stairway To Heaven
Branching:
herbaceous
Plant Form:
mounded
Canopy:
closed
Growth Rate:
medium
Pruning:
spring cleanup
Spacing:
10 inches
Flower Color:
lavender
Flower Period:
from mid spring to mid summer
Summer Foliage Color:
sea green
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Light:
partial shade
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Minimum Moisture:
average
Pollution Tolerance:
medium

Ornamental Features

Stairway To Heaven Jacob's Ladder has masses of beautiful spikes of lavender flowers rising above the foliage from mid spring to mid summer, which are most effective when planted in groupings. Its attractive ferny pinnately compound leaves remain bluish-green in color with showy lemon yellow variegation and tinges of white throughout the season.

Landscape Attributes

Stairway To Heaven Jacob's Ladder is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

Planting & Growing

Stairway To Heaven Jacob's Ladder will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity extending to 16 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 10 inches apart. Its foliage tends to remain dense right to the ground, not requiring facer plants in front. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen!

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

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