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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium (Columbine meadow rue)

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium Photo/Illustration: Linda Wesley


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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Thalictrum aquilegiifolium thah-LIK-trum ak-will-ee-zsee-eye-FOE-lee-um Common Name: Columbine meadow rue 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.
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, Ground Covers, Cut Flower, Naturalizing, Waterside
Style Shade, Cottage Garden, Meadow Garden, Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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