Meadow rue

Thalictrum rochebruneanum 'Lavender Mist'

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Meadow rue (Thalictrum rochebruneanum 'Lavender Mist')
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Genus:  Thalictrum

This hauntingly beautiful specimen has blue-green foliage along matte, purple-green, willowy stems. At 5 or more feet in height, it has a dramatic yet delicate garden presence. Its sprays of nodding lilac flowers have pale yellow stamens. Plant at the back of a border; it may require staking.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

'Lavender Mist' 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 Thalictrums 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
6 ft. to 10 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 Fall,
Fall,
Late Summer,
Summer
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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