Polemonium reptans 'Stairway to Heaven' PP15187

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Jacob's Ladder-Variegated

Selected by Bill Cullina of the New England Wildflower Society. An outstanding and colorful new cultivar sporting green leaves with white leaf margins that are tinged with pink. Pale lavender blue, 3/4 inch bell-shaped flowers with white stamens are produced from early through midsummer. This selection is larger and has a looser habit than the other varieties.

Breeder: Bill Cullina

Origin: Native Cultivar


  12-24 Inches
  12-18 Inches
Flower Color:
  Purple-blue shades
Foliage Color:
Hardiness Zone:
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
  Part shade (4-6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
  Consistent water needs
Need critter resistant plants?:
  Deer resistant
How fast should it grow?:
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Rock Garden


Border plants
Cut flower or foliage
Mass Planting
Specimen or focal point


  Plantarium Silver Medal 2004

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

Polemoniums grow best in cool, moist environments. They will grow in full sun in the northernmost reaches of their zone but prefer afternoon shade in the warmest regions where it grows. Keep plants watered during the warmest months of the season, but be sure the soil is well-drained, especially in winter. Cutting plants back by 1/3 after blooming may encourage sporadic rebloom in late summer.


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Common Name: Solomon's Seal-Variegated
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Common Name: Lily-turf-Blue
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Common Name: Grass-Ornamental
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Common Name: Coral Bells
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Common Name: Astilbe-Hybrid
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Common Name: Iris-Siberian
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.