Common Name: Jacobs Ladder
- Habit: Perennial Herb
- Light: Shade (< 2 hrs. direct sun)
- Water Needs: Moist
- Height: 1-2′
- Flower: Pink, Blue, Violet, Feb, Mar
- Fruit: Small green ovoid ribbed capsules that turn brown as they ripen.
- Fall Color: Yes
- Natural Habitat: Bottomland Deciduous Forest
Polemonium reptans has slender, low-growing, arching, delicate red stems with dark green pinnately compound leaves topped with flowers borne in loose, drooping clusters. The flowers are either pink or blue, five-petaled, and bell-shaped with a large stamen. Thrives in rich moist soil with filtered light. Jacob’s Ladder goes dormant during hot summer months after blooming, and re-emerges during the cool fall months, staying green through the winter.