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