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Should it be called mountain rue?

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

Meadow rue (Thalictrum rochebrubeanum and cvs., USDA Hardiness Zones 5-9) is a perennial native to Japan that forms large, 3-foot-tall clumps of muted green foliage and sprays of delicate lavender flowers in summer. The cultivar ‘Lavender Mist’ is a bit taller at 5 feet and has striking, dark purple stems. Meadow rue prefers full sun to partial shade and moist, rich soil.

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  1. katesmudges 03/09/2010

    This is such an amazing plant. Even though it grows tall, it doesn't appear that way since the flowers are light and airy and the foliage is fern-like. The strange thing is that I have this growing in my zone 2/3 garden and it reseeds every year. I question the zone 5 it is given.

  2. agardener 03/10/2010

    I enjoyed the native Thalictrum fendleri , var.Polycarpum (Mountain Rue) grown in Carpinteria CA. A light spirited, 2-5 ft.tall perennial.

  3. mjensen 03/11/2010

    i love this lavander mist meadow rue where can i buy one cant seem to find it anywhere

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