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Jacob's-ladder - Polemonium reptans

“Without darkness, nothing comes to birth, As without light, nothing flowers.” ~ May Sarton

The beautiful perennial wildflower Jacob’s-ladder (Polemonium reptans) is a great sight to see with small blue-lavender bell shaped flowers. The name Jacob’s-ladder comes from the well separated ladder-like arrangement in the leaflets. The ideal environment for this wildflower is in rich soils of open woods, slopes, and shaded banks. Some say that the flower petals of the plant can make a nice addition to a salad. Places to see this natural beauty include Kendrick Woods State Nature Preserve in Allen County and Morris Woods State Nature Preserve in Licking County.

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