Showy Jacob’s Ladder

Botanical Name: Polemonium pulcherrimum

Height: 15 cm

Bloom time: Spring.

Growing Conditions: Full sun, well-drained but not too dry. A lovely plant for a rock garden or larger trough.

Origin: Canadian Rockies (Alberta). No claim at all to be native to the Ottawa Valley. Just a really lovely little North American plant for the rock garden.

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Remarks: Not as intolerant of summer heat as some of the little gems from the Arctic, but do keep it watered during hot, dry spells. Might appreciate a north- or east-facing slope.

Similar species: Boreal Jacob’s Ladder, Creeping Jacob’s Ladder

Showy Jacob’s Ladder in the hoop house, with Prairie Smoke behind it.