Columbine meadow rue

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

Photo/Illustration: 
Linda Wesley
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Columbine meadow rue (Thalictrum aquilegiifolium)
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Genus:  Thalictrum
The lacy leaves of this meadow rue look like a columbine's, hence the common and scientific names. But the leaves are actually gray-green and more delicate than its namesake. It bears clusters of long-lasting cottony flowers in shades of lilac, purple, or white in early summer. It is suitable for naturalizing in a meadow or woodland. These perennials grow to about 3 feet tall and half as wide.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Thalictrum are native to stream banks, shaded mountains, and moist meadows throughout most of the globe. 
Care:  Provide moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or part shade.  Thalictrum are late to emerge in mid- to late spring.
Propagation:  Sow seed in a cold frame when fresh; divide as new growth appears in spring.
Problems:  Powdery mildew, rust, white smut, leaf spots, slugs.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Growth Pace
Moderate Grower
Light
Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture
Medium to Wet
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer
Flower Color
Pink Flower,
Purple/Lavender Flower,
White Flower
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Ground Covers,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Shade,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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