A perennial with bell shaped blue flowers, it is now grown as cottage garden ornamental, but was formerly employed to treat conditions from toothache to rabies.
- Pretty cottage garden plant
- Bee herb
- Easy to maintain
A European native, but rare in the UK, Jacobs ladder has fallen into disuse as a medicinal herb and was last used as a treatment for rabies. The ladder shape of the leaves gives the plant its name and it is an attractive flowering plant for the garden, which reliably appears each year.
- Height: 30-60cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Blue
- Flowering period: June - August
An easy perennial to grow, Jacob's ladder grows in most soil types though it doesn't want to completely dry out in summer and is happy with some sun and shade during the day. It slowly self-seeds and produces a spaced out clump and can be successfully grown in containers.
A herb that has fallen out of favour in recent times, Jacobs ladder was once a popular treatment for reducing fevers by inducing sweating. The root was harvested and dried in autumn and made a bitter tasting infusion that was also used to loosen chest congestion. It makes a very pretty perennial ornamental plant and bees work the blue flowers for both nectar and bright orange pollen.
We deliver our herb plants to addresses across the UK. Orders are dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays. This is usually within two to four days of placing your order, but at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
Very small orders of up to 3 herbs are dispatched with Royal Mail but the majority of our orders are sent via a 24 hour courier service. Orders sent by courier to Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles take 48-72hrs - this will be indicated at the checkout.
1 - 23 herbs - £5.85
24+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
All the herbs are supplied in 9x9 cm pots (8cm depth). Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.