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 CharacteristicsThalictrum are native to stream banks, shaded mountains, and moist meadows throughout most of the globe.
CareProvide moist, humus-rich soil in full sun or part shade. 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 : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
- Bloom Time : Early Summer
- Light : Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
- Maintenance : Low
- Moisture : Medium to Wet
- Growth Rate : Moderate
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Flower Color : Pink, White
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest