Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'
Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'
Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'
Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'
Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'
Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'
Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'
Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'
Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'

Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'

"Jacob's ladder"

Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'

1 bare root — £5.93

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Description

Peer inside a kaleidoscope and you’ll see satisfying symmetry and a collage of colour, just like this Jacob’s ladder, Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope'. The ladder-like leaf arrangement is what gives this beautiful plant its common name, and it’s not just the perfect parallels which make this hardy perennial so pleasing to the eye. The leaves of Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' change colour through the season, starting with a pink margin in spring which fades to cream in summer, edging the soft-green middle. At the top of those many flights of stepped leaves is a pretty panoply of pale purple flowers which appear from late spring and last into summer.  

With a slightly spreading habit, Polemonium yezoense 'Kaleidoscope' can form an affective and incredibly beautiful ground cover when planted in groups. The lower leaves form quite a wide base and from each clump emerges upright flower spikes up to 60cm tall, giving this plant height too. Bees love the nectar-rich flowers of Jacob’s ladder, the added buzz of life makes it extra enjoyable.   

Key features

  • Comes back every year

  • Fragrant

  • Loved by pollinators

  • Thrives well in full sun

  • In peat-free compost

  • Low maintenance

  • Fully hardy

  • Rodent resistant

  • Slug & snail repellent

Specs & details

  • Botanical name

    Polemonium yezoense 'Kaleidoscope'

  • Flower colour

    Pale purple

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green, pink, two-tone

  • Habit

    Spreading
    Clump-forming

  • Life cycle

    Perennial

  • Hardiness

    Fully hardy

  • Years to establish

    1-2 years

  • Sunlight

    Full sun
    Partial shade

  • Position

    Sheltered

  • Suitable for

    Large containers
    Borders
    Ground cover
    Coastal gardens
    Cottage gardens
    Low maintenance gardens

  • Soil acidity

    Any

  • Soil moisture

    Free draining

  • Soil type

    Loam
    Sandy
    Stony
    Multipurpose compost
    Loam-based compost

  • Growing skill

    Easy to grow

  • Scented

    Yes

  • Pollinator-friendly

    No

  • Mouse resistant

    Yes

  • Rabbit resistant

    Yes

  • Deer resistant

    Yes

  • Toxicity

    No report

Plant calendar

JanFebMarAprMayJuneJulyAugSepOctNovDec
  • Planting
  • Flowering

Useful information

    • Soak your Polemonium 'Kaleidoscope' roots in water for 3-6 hours prior to planting.

    • Plant your "Jacob's ladder" bare roots into temporary pots with a multipurpose compost in spring and grow-on in a sheltered spot outdoors.

    • Choose a pot which comfortably fits the bare roots. Some have a noticeable crown which should be just below the soil surface with any top growth exposed.

    • Plant out into borders or permanent containers in late spring or early summer once in full growth. Choose a position in sun or shade depending on the variety.

    Read all planting & care instructions

  • Orders placed before 1 March 2024
    You can expect your order in March 2024

    Orders placed 1 March - 15 April 2024
    You can expect your order in April 2024

    Orders placed 16 April - 15 May 2024
    You can expect your order within 10 business days

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The beauty of perennial plants doesn’t just lie in their long-lasting flowers and sturdy, resilient nature, but it’s their sheer determination to keep on coming back stronger every year —in year one they’re good, but in future years they’re even better!

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