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Thalictrum

Meadow Rue
Ranunculaceae
Perennials

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.

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium
Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

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.

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