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Friday, October 17, 2008

Polemonium-Jacob’s Ladder

Propagating Polemonium or Jacob’s Ladder should be accomplished in the spring by digging up the clump and dividing the crown with ample roots for replanting. Jacob’s Ladder prefers an acidic moist well draining soil, not wet, in part to full shade otherwise the leaves may burn. Polemonium can range in height from 12"-24", blooms from May until August with yellow, blue or purple flowers, deadhead for prolong blooms, has a tendency to be fragrant, and one variety has variegated leaves, see picture, is deer resistant and will not tolerate heat. It is evergreen in warmer climates, but I’ve read that in colder climates it acts more as an annual so do not be disappointed.

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