GROUND COVER: Polemonium reptans

Polonium reptans, Jacob’s Ladder, Greek Valerian  - Flower detail

Polonium reptans, Jacob’s Ladder, Greek Valerian – Flower detail
Photo © 2018 Elaine Mills

Tried and True Native Plant Selections for the Mid-Atlantic

In the Mid-Atlantic Region, this attractive wildflower is most common in Pennsylvania. In Virginia its occurrence is spotty, although it is native to Fairfax County. At home in moist woods and along stream banks, this Phlox family member features leaflets arranged like rungs on a ladder (the ladder dreamt of by Jacob in the Bible story), thus the common name.

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