Jacobs ladder

Polemonium 'Lambrook Mauve'

Jacobs ladder - Polemonium  'Lambrook Mauve'

Common Name: Jacobs ladder
Genus: Polemonium
Cultivar: 'Lambrook Mauve'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 0.45 m (45 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.45 m (45 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Orange
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May & June

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

    Jacob's Ladder gets its name from the arrangement of its leaves Ė pairs of opposite leaflets resembling a ladder. In early summer erect stems rise up from the bright green foliage carrying clusters of large bell-shaped mauve flowers with contrasting pale orange anthers. A cottage-garden favourite Jacob's Ladder is happiest in partial shade and looks equally at home in a wildlife garden setting or in grass. Although it is short-lived it self seeds freely.

    Garden care: Cut the plant back after flowering to encourage a second flush of flowers. In autumn cut the faded flowerheads down to the ground and compost the dead stems.

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