Reminding us of the biblical reference to the ladder to heaven, Jacob’s Ladder is a beautiful flower representing the Polemoniaceae family, a family specific to the northern hemisphere. The Jacob’s ladder genus, or more scientifically referred to as the Polemonium caeruleum genus, comprises of approximately 25 species of flowering plants, which mostly occur in the northern and southern American continents and also in some regions of the European continent.
Amongst the internationally recognized circulation names of the Jacob’s ladder we could mention the Skunk Weed or the Greek valerian, but the Jacob’s ladder is the most commonly used as the leaves of this plant resemble a ladder. This is just one justification on the choice of the name, as the rumor has it that the alternative name, that of Polemonium caeruleum, was given in the memory of the renowned philosopher Polemom.
The Jacob’s ladder flower starts its flowering process in the beginning of the summer, but some of the species are considered to be late bloomers and flower in the middle of the summer, in the month of July. The high temperatures are appropriate for the growth of this flower, and the plant has proven its resistance to high temperatures. Even though resistant to such climates, it is more common for the Jacob’s filed to occur near forests, dam pastures, or in places surrounded by abundant vegetation.
One of the urban myths involving this flower was that it had amazing medicinal powers and that its properties could actually help to treat body affections or even serious diseases. This whole perception was proved to be false; as scientists have researched the substances contained by the Jacob’s ladder flower and have reached the conclusion that the plant doesn’t possess any medicinal properties.
Even though people were wrong in believing that this plant had medicinal purposes, it is documented that some Indian native tribes and some Europeans as well, were planting this flower in order to treat some skin diseases or to provoke a vomiting reaction when needed. Even though it didn’t help for anything, the substances provided by the Jacob’s ladder flower are not harmful or poisonous for the human body.
Another purpose of this flower which emanates a distinctive scent was that of producing shampoo, a common practice amongst the Native American tribes.
The reachable height of the Jacob’s ladder flower is of almost 120 cm, depending on the soil and weather conditions. Also, the colors vary from blue to lilac, only in exceptional cases on white or pale shade of pink.
As a plant to grow in your garden, the Jacob’s ladder is not pretentious as well and could be cultivated even by those who consider themselves barely initiated in the inner workings of gardening.
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