Polemonium reptans - Jacob's Ladder
Polemonium reptans - Jacob's Ladder

Polemonium reptans - Jacob's Ladder

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Butterfly FriendlyDeer ResistantPart Shade
Jacob's Ladder
Polemonium reptans

Small, dark green leaves make the perfect backdrop for the sky blue, occasionally pink, bell shaped flowers. Blooms appear in mid to late spring and attract butterflies and other pollinators. Loves to be grouped in shaded areas.

  • Beautiful bell-shaped sky blur or pink flowers in spring
  • Native bees appreciate this important nectar source
  • Attracts various butterflies, skippers and moths
  • A delicate beauty that tolerates shady conditions
  • No serious pest or disease problems
  • Deer tend to leave this plant alone

Native Range

Moist woods; New Hampshire to Minnesota, south to Mississippi and Georgia

Map Credit: The Biota of North America 
Map Key: Green (native), Teal (native, adventive), Blue (present), Yellow (present & rare), Red (extinct)



Butterflies bask using their wings as solar collectors. After a cool night, their wing muscles must warm up before they can fly. Set out a rock or two where morning light will warm them so butterflies can take advantage of the early morning sun.




Prefers light shade or partial sun, mesic conditions, and a rich soil with lots of organic matter and yet is quite adaptable. It is not aggressive, and adapts well to flower gardens, especially in partially shaded areas. Will go dormant in drought conditions.


Mature Size: 12-16" T x 12-18"W

Hardiness Zone: 3-9

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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