Yellow meadow rue

Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum

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Yellow meadow rue (Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum)
Synonyms:  T. speciosissimum
Genus:  Thalictrum

This classy specimen has beautifully textured, blue-gray foliage. Its summertime pale yellow flowers are petalless and fringed, occurring in clusters atop chalky bluish gray stems. Plant at the back of a border; it may require staking.

Noteworthy Characteristics: 

Like many meadow rues, dusty meadow rue earns it place in the garden with its foliage alone. It will do well as a backdrop or see-through plant in a mixed border and is suitable for a wild or woodland garden as well. Plants grow to 3 feet high and 2 feet wide.

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
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
Fragrant Flowers,
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Late Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Primrose Yellow
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Cut Flower,
Waterside
Style
Cottage Garden,
Meadow Garden,
Woodland Garden
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum