Description: Jacob's ladder is a favorite native plant for shady spots. It has long handsome leaves, sometimes variegated, with a ladder-like arrangement of leaflets. Heavy clusters of clear lavender blue, pink, yellow, or white flowers with conspicuous stamens nod atop slender stems. Jacob's ladder is a winner in sunny or lightly shaded beds and borders as well as in native plant gardens.
Hardy: Zone 3
Bloom Time: Late spring - Summer
Height: 1 -3 feet
Sun Needs: Sun to part shade
Water Needs: Average. Well-drained soil is a must.
Outstanding Features: Attractive foliage, can handle various conditions.
Uses: Cut flower garden, cottage garden, shade garden, boarders.
Tips: Jacob's ladder flowers work well in a shade garden (with dappled sun) or semi-shady border. They are often grown together with such shade loving plants as hosta, lungwort (Pulmonaria), columbine, bleeding heart, impatiens and Brunnera.