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PlantFiles: Jacob's Ladder
Polemonium reptans 'Touch of Class'

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Polemonium (po-le-MOH-nee-um) (Info)
Species: reptans (REP-tanz) (Info)
Cultivar: Touch of Class
Additional cultivar information: (PP19768)
Hybridized by Laviana; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2007

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.


12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

Sun Exposure:
Light Shade


Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
No neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Negative shouldbewriting On Aug 15, 2014, shouldbewriting from Richmond
United States wrote:

Does anyone have advice on growing this plant? I have it in zone 7b, morning sun, afternoon shade, amended clay soil, regularly watered, good drainage, but it simply won't grow. I planted three of them grouped together two years ago, and they are barely hanging on. If anyone has suggestions, I would be most appreciative.

Positive RosinaBloom On Feb 20, 2014, RosinaBloom from Waihi
New Zealand (Zone 1) wrote:

Jacob's Ladder is a beautiful plant for the semi shaded garden that has pink tinted green and white foliage in the spring, is covered with masses of sky blue flowers in early summer, and then keeps its variegation all season long. It prefers moist, but well drained humus-rich soil, with some shade from the heat of the day.

Positive sassycat1940 On Jun 21, 2013, sassycat1940 from Brownsdale, NL zone 4b
Canada wrote:

This plant has been growing beautifuly in full sun in my zone 4 garden for 3 years now. . I bought 3 more this year. It spreads at a medium rate.. The foilage is just so beautiful. I just bought "'stairway to heaven" so I haven,t wintered it yet. I also have "snow and Sapphires" It dosen't set seeds for me but I have divided the rootball 4 times in 5 years. I think Jacob,s Ladders are one of my favourite plants.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Sioux City, Iowa
Owosso, Michigan
Temperance, Michigan
Natchez, Mississippi
Burlington, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina

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