A short, adaptable perennial that favors savanna and woodland situations, Jacob’s Ladder blooms in pretty sprays of lavender beginning in April. The bell-like flowers are favored by many bees, butterflies, moths and flies. The nectar and pollen attract honeybees, bumblebees, little carpenter bees, mason bees, cuckoo bees, Halictid bees, and Andrenid bees, including Andrena polemonii, is a specialist pollinator (oligolege). The larvae of two moths, Coleophora polemoniella and Scrobipalpula polemoniella, mine the leaflets.
Soil Type: Loam/Peat/Sand/Gravel
Soil Conditions: Wet Mesic-Dry Mesic
Flower Color: Blue
Light: Part sun to shade
Credits: Info courtesy of Pizzo Native Nursery and IllinoisWildflowers.Info; Photo courtesy of Illinoiswildflowers.info