Foliage clumps resemble those of columbine (Aquilegia), grow mostly in the 3–5-ft. range. Plants typically bloom in late spring or summer, sending up sparsely leafed stems topped by puffs of small flowers, each consisting of four sepals and a prominent cluster of stamens.
Superb for airy effect; delicate tracery of leaves and flowers is particularly effective against a dark green background. Offers a pleasing contrast to sturdier perennials. Foliage is good in arrangements. Most meadow rues need some winter chill; all thrive in dappled sunlight at woodland edges and tolerate full sun in cooler climates. Protect from wind.
From Europe and northern Asia. Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide, with bluish green foliage. Earliest of the meadow rues to bloom: clouds of fluffy stamens (the white or greenish sepals drop off) appear for a couple of weeks in mid- to late spring. Rosy lilac is the usual color, but white and purple selections are available. If left in place, spent flowers are followed by attractive, long-lasting seed heads. Heat-tolerant.
From Europe and northern Asia. Grows to 2–3 ft. tall and 1 ft. wide, with bluish green foliage. ...
Foliage clumps resemble those of columbine (Aquilegia), grow mostly in the ...
Native to eastern North America and east Asia. Grows to 2–4 ft. tall, spreading indefinitely by ...