Meadow rue

Thalictrum rochebruneanum

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Meadow rue (Thalictrum rochebruneanum)
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Genus:  Thalictrum
This beautiful specimen has tall, delicate stems punctuated by clusters of columbine-like, bluish gray leaves. In summer, it bears sprays of nodding lavender-pink or white flowers with pale yellow stamens that reach as high as 3 feet. Plants grow to 12 inches wide. Plant at the back of a border; it may require staking.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  It earns its place in the garden with its foliage alone. It does well as a backdrop or see-through plant in a mixed border. It is also suitable for a wild or woodland garden.
Care:  Provide moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade. It may require staking. Most 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
3 ft. to 6 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
Moderate
Characteristics
Self Seeds,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
Niagara,
White,
Primrose Yellow
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Naturalizing,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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