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Columbine meadow rue

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

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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 CharacteristicsThalictrum are native to stream banks, shaded mountains, and moist meadows throughout most of the globe. 

CareProvide moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or part shade.  Thalictrum are late to emerge in mid- to late spring.

PropagationSow seed in a cold frame when fresh; divide as new growth appears in spring.

ProblemsPowdery mildew, rust, white smut, leaf spots, slugs.

  • Genus : Thalictrum
  • Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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