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Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jacob's ladder 'Stairway to Heaven' )

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
0.4m
Max height
0.45m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven'

Other names

Jacob's ladder 'Stairway to Heaven'

Genus

Polemonium Polemonium

Variety or Cultivar

'Stairway to Heaven' _ 'Stairway to Heaven' is a compact, spreading, deciduous perennial forming a mound of pinnate leaves with cream-edged, often pink-flushed, mid-green leaflets and small clusters of lightly fragrant, broadly bell-shaped, violet-blue flowers in late spring to early summer.


Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Cushion or Mound Forming, Spreading

Flower

Violet, Blue in Spring; Violet, Blue in Summer

Foliage

Cream, Variegated, Mid-green in Spring; Variegated, Mid-green, Cream in Summer; Cream, Variegated, Mid-green in Autumn

How to care

Watch out for

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower stems. Cut back to the base in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division


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Where to grow

Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jacob's ladder 'Stairway to Heaven' ) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Wildlife

Cultivation

Best planted in any fertile, moist but well-drained soil preferably in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven'

Other names

Jacob's ladder 'Stairway to Heaven'

Genus

Polemonium Polemonium

Variety or Cultivar

'Stairway to Heaven' _ 'Stairway to Heaven' is a compact, spreading, deciduous perennial forming a mound of pinnate leaves with cream-edged, often pink-flushed, mid-green leaflets and small clusters of lightly fragrant, broadly bell-shaped, violet-blue flowers in late spring to early summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Cushion or Mound Forming, Spreading


Colour

Flower

Violet, Blue in Spring; Violet, Blue in Summer

Foliage

Cream, Variegated, Mid-green in Spring; Variegated, Mid-green, Cream in Summer; Cream, Variegated, Mid-green in Autumn


How to care

Watch out for

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower stems. Cut back to the base in autumn.

Propagation methods

Division


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' (Jacob's ladder 'Stairway to Heaven' ) will reach a height of 0.4m and a spread of 0.45m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, Cottage/Informal, Wildlife

Cultivation

Best planted in any fertile, moist but well-drained soil preferably in full sun or partial shade.

Soil type

Chalky, Clay, Loamy, Sandy (will tolerate most soil types)

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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