Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'
Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'

Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'

"Jacob's ladder"

Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven'

1 bare root — £2.98

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You can expect your order in March 2024

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Description

Enjoy a pastel colour show with Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven' as it covers bare soil with its blissfully beautiful foliage and delicate spring blooms. Awkward spaces between plants and shrubs needn’t be bare and boring, they can be illuminated with variegated, colour-changing foliage! In cool temperatures, the leaves adopt a pink hue, throwing a third colour into the mix. In spring, dainty silvery-blue flowers add yet another level of interest.

As a ground cover, Polemonium 'Stairway to Heaven' is effective without taking over—it gradually pads out a bare space with cushiony pillows of soft foliage and cloud-like blooms as it slowly stretches out its stems covered with ladder-like leaves. Jacob's ladder is suitable for growing in most conditions and soil types, and is happiest in a position in dappled shade. 

Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' is ideal for filling spaces between shrubs or small trees, where it will bring spring and summer colour where there would otherwise be bare soil.

The common name Jacob's ladder comes from the biblical story of a dream Jacob, son of Isaac, had of a ladder ascending to heaven.

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 reptans 'Stairway to Heaven'

  • Flower colour

    Blue, purple

  • Plant size

    1

  • Established height

    30-50cm

  • Established spread

    30-50cm

  • Plant spacing

    9 plants per m2

  • Leaf colour

    Green, yellow, 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 'Stairway to Heaven' 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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