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PlantFiles: Jacob's Ladder
Polemonium 'Apricot Delight'

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Polemonium (po-le-MOH-nee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Apricot Delight

10 members have or want this plant for trade.


18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

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)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

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Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Flowers are good for cutting

Soil pH requirements:
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Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:
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5 positives
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive CrowMeris On Jul 11, 2014, CrowMeris from Greene, NY wrote:

A very hardy plant here in upstate New York. My only problem with the plant is its misleading name - the flowers have only the tiniest hint of apricot/salmon amid a sea of pink, and the coloring isn't consistent.

That issue aside, I'm extremely pleased with this selection. The plants make strong, graceful mounds and are attractive even when not in bloom. Mine live in a mostly-shady area on the woodland edge along with some hosta and native geranium and seem very happy there. The deer and rabbits completely avoid them.

Positive Seans_Garden On Mar 17, 2012, Seans_Garden from Banks, OR wrote:

Wow this plant is amazing, I live in Banks,Oregon just outside Portland Metro we get snow almost every year the plant is said to die back but it never has infact it's a lot like a evergreen here, and have blooms as early as January ..

Also I cut the plant back last year in february stuck some of the cutting in the soil and now have like 10 of them...

Enjoy your gardening

Positive ms_greenjeans On May 31, 2011, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

I am a fan of Jacob's Ladder plants in every variety. This was my third one, and I find this color combination to be very attractive. All have been very hardy and trouble-free in Minnesota.

Positive Oberon46 On Feb 22, 2010, Oberon46 from (Mary) Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b) wrote:

I don't know about NH, but here in Anchorage Alaska it has survived two crazy winters with temps all over the place. It is in full sun in a raised bed with average soil. Surrounded by Phlox,Iris, Coreopsis that have also done well in this bed.

Neutral berrygirl On Mar 22, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

POLEMONIUM 'Apricot Delight' - Salmon Jacob's Ladder - carneum - Medium 18-24" - Plant 16" apart. zone 4-9. A NW native, with cupped-shaped apricot tinted pink flowers. Coarsely divided pinnate ladder-like leaves. Good cut flower.

Positive echoes On Jun 23, 2005, echoes from South of Winnipeg, MB (Zone 3a) wrote:

Was very happy to find Apricot Delight had returned to my garden this spring after hard winter.

Negative carolann On May 30, 2004, carolann from Auburn, NH wrote:

Two year old plant unable to survive winter of fluctuating super cold temps as low as -20 F.


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

Anchorage, Alaska
Norridgewock, Maine
Hopkins, Minnesota
Auburn, New Hampshire
Greene, New York
Portland, Oregon

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