Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Jacob’s-ladder (Polemonium reptans)
    Jacob’s-ladder Family

    Fresh green, feather-like leaves form a dense mat in the woodland garden. In late spring, blue, bell-shaped flowers emerge over a period of several weeks, providing a continuous nectar and pollen source for early spring bees. This plant can be naturally found in moist, shady woods in rich soil. In the home garden, site in part shade in rich woodsy soil. If planting in more sun, soil must stay consistently moist. Will spread lightly by rhizomes, but spreads more by self-seeding.Try planting with Eastern Columbine, Indian Pink, Fire Pink, Virginia Spiderwort, or Cherokee Sedge.

    Blooms: Blue, 4-6 weeks, April-June
    Leaves:Light green, feather-like with red stems
    Space: 1-2’
    Soil: Average-Moist
    Exposure: Part shade-Shade-Part sun
    Fauna: Various bees, including 1 specialist
    Seeds: Small seeds, spreads readily by self-seeding when happy
    Zone: 3-8
    Deer Resistance: Medium
    Native Status: NC Native. rare in the Piedmont and Mountains
    Provenance: Unknown, seed grown