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Dwarf meadow rue

Thalictrum minus

This perennial species is one of the most delicate of Thalictrums, with tiny foliage reminiscent of maidenhair ferns. It bears small, nodding, long-lasting flowers of a unique yellowish plum-brown. It grows to about 3 feet tall and wide.

Noteworthy CharacteristicsThalictrum minus earns it place in the garden with its foliage alone and does well as a see-through plant in a mixed border. It is also suitable for a wild garden or woodland garden.

CareProvide moist, humus-rich soil in full sun to partial shade. Most Thalictrums 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
  • Zones : 6, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 6 to 12 inches
  • Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
  • Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
  • Uses : Ground Covers, Shade
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium to Wet
  • Growth Rate : Moderate
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
  • Flower Color : Yellow

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