Creeping Jacob's Ladder, Greek Valerian
Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven'

Family: Polemoniaceae (po-le-moh-nee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Polemonium (po-le-MOH-nee-um) (Info)
Species: reptans (REP-tanz) (Info)
Cultivar: Stairway to Heaven
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Category:

Perennials

Height:

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

Spacing:

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

Hardiness:

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)

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:

Light Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Blue-Violet

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Grown for foliage

Deciduous

Other details:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:

Unknown - Tell us

Regional

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

Littleton, Colorado

Canton, Connecticut

Hamden, Connecticut

Greenville, Indiana

Marlborough, Massachusetts

Howell, Michigan

Hopkins, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Maplewood, New Jersey

Charlotte, North Carolina

Chesterland, Ohio

Haviland, Ohio

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Knoxville, Tennessee

Grand Prairie, Texas

Chesterfield, Virginia

Leesburg, Virginia

Lexington, Virginia

Williamsburg, Virginia

Kalama, Washington

Olympia, Washington

Shelton, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On May 28, 2010, ms_greenjeans from Hopkins, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

So far I love this plant. I created a rock garden on a hillside last fall and planted two Jacob's Ladder 'Stairway to Heaven' plants. They greeted this spring with abundant growth and bloomed profusely. As a matter of fact, they have been blooming for a month solid and don't seem to be slowing down. The light blue flowers are fragrant. The foliage is green and ivory variegated with a tinge of pink - very pretty. I am planting more Jacob's Ladders of different varieties this year and hope they will do as well as these.

Positive

On May 2, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN (Zone 4a) wrote:

When it comes up, the new foliage is strongly mixed of hot pinks and white with a bit of green which then changes to green with white edges as the season goes on. Seem to retain its white better in part shade.

Positive

On Sep 7, 2007, Gabrielle from (Zone 5a) wrote:

I don't have a good history with Polemoniums, but this one has done well for me for several years now. Surprisingly since it is one with variegated foliage, which is typically more finicky. It is a gorgeous plant with blooms in May in my garden. PP #15187