Plants in the genus Thalictrum are native to stream banks, shaded mountains, and moist meadows throughout most of the globe. Most species earn their place in the garden with their foliage alone. The taller species do well as backdrops or as see-through plants in a mixed border. Many are suitable for a wild garden or woodland garden. The miniature species can be grown in an alpine house or shady rock garden.
Noteworthy CharacteristicsThis genus exhibits some of the most beautifully textured foliage and flowers. The fringed blossoms have petal-like sepals and abundant stamens and pistils that occur in single or bicolor shades of white, pink, yellow, or violet.
CareGrow in moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade. Some species can take full sun with adequate moisture. Taller varieties may require staking. Most meadow rue 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.