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Greek valerian

Polemonium reptans

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This North American native bears light blue bell-shaped blossoms in spring to early summer. It has a lax, sprawling habit to 1.5 feet tall. The leaflets are arranged like the rungs of a ladder, hence the common name.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsSelf-sows.

CareProvide humusy, moist but well-drained soil in part shade (or full sun in cooler climates).

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame in spring or fall. Divide in spring.

ProblemsPowdery mildew.

  • Genus : Polemonium
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Bloom Time : Spring
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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