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Meadow rue

Thalictrum rochebruneanum

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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 CharacteristicsIt 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.

CareProvide moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade. It may require staking. Most 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 Width : 1 to 3 feet
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Late Summer, Summer
  • Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Maintenance : Moderate
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White, Yellow
  • Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
  • Characteristics : Self Seeds, Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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