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Polemonium yezoense ‘Purple Rain’

Jacob's ladder

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Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

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Plant does not flower in October

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Plant does not flower in December

  • Botanical name: Polemonium yezoense 'Purple Rain'
  • Common name: Jacob's ladder
  • Family: Polemoniaceae
  • Plant Type: Perennial

Jacob’s ladder, Polemonium caeruleum, is a lovely clump-forming perennial, requiring little maintenance. It performs best in borders with moist but well-drained soil. In early summer it produces bell-shaped flowers, which can be prolonged by regular deadheading. Plants can be propagated by sowing seed in autumn or spring, or by dividing plants in spring.

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Polemonium yezoense ‘Purple Rain’ is a purple-flowered Jacob’s ladder. Mounds of black-purple ferny foliage fade to green, which contrast with purple-blue phlox-like flowers. ‘Purple Rain’ self-seeds readily and will naturalise beautifully in borders. It works well as a cut flower.

How to grow Polemonium 'Purple Rain'

  • Plant size

    60cm height

    45cm spread

  • Aspect

    North facing, east facing

  • Position in border

    Middle

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, partial shade, full shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained / light / sandy / clay / heavy / moist

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow
Sow

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Do Sow in October

Do Sow in November

Do not Sow in December

Plant
Plant

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Do Plant in April

Do Plant in May

Do Plant in June

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Do not Plant in December

Flowers
Flowers

Plant does not flower in January

Plant does not flower in February

Plant does not flower in March

Plant does not flower in April

Plant does not flower in May

Plant does flower in June

Plant does not flower in July

Plant does not flower in August

Plant does not flower in September

Plant does not flower in October

Plant does not flower in November

Plant does not flower in December

Divide
Divide

Do not Divide in January

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Do not Divide in May

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Do not Divide in September

Do not Divide in October

Do not Divide in November

Do not Divide in December

Prune
Prune

Do not Prune in January

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Do not Prune in July

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Do Prune in September

Do Prune in October

Do Prune in November

Do not Prune in December

Polemonium 'Purple Rain' and wildlife

Polemonium 'Purple Rain' has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Polemonium 'Purple Rain' poisonous?

Polemonium 'Purple Rain' has no toxic effects reported.

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Cats

No reported toxicity to Dogs

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People