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Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder
© Denzil Green

Jacob's Ladder is a perennial herb that grows up to 5 inches (12 1/2 cm) tall.

The flat leaves grow on their stems in ladder-like formation.

One variety, Polemonium reptans, "False Jacob's Ladder", found in eastern North America, blossoms in spring with blue flowers, then dies back.

Jacob's Ladder

Jacob's Ladder
© Denzil Green

Another variety, Polemonium caeruleum, grows up to a yard (metre) tall, blossoms in early summer with blue or white flowers, and stays around till autumn. This variety is native to Europe.

The flowers of "False Jacob's Ladder" can be used as a salad garnish. Both varieties were used in herbal folk medicines.

Cats love both kinds.


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Also called:

Abscess Root; Blue Bells; Creeping Jacob's Ladder; Greek Valerian; Onechte Jacobsladder; Polemonie Fausse; Sweatroot; Polemonium caeruleum, Polemonium kiushianum, Polemonium reptans (Scientific Name)


Oulton, Randal. "Jacob's Ladder." CooksInfo.com. Published 28 September 2010; revised 29 September 2010. Web. Accessed 12/11/2017. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/jacobs-ladder>.

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