Thalictrum

Thalictrum should be included in every border of herbaceous plants, for they are unusual, interesting and valuable for cutting. They are not at all difficult to grow, and while enjoying full sunshine, they also do well in partial shade. Propagation can be effected by division of the roots, which is better carried out in the early spring, thus avoiding any possible loss during the winter, although it is not wise to disturb the roots more than is necessary. Seed can be sown in boxes of sandy soil in the spring.

The best and most popular of all the taller-growing thalictrums is undoubtedly dipterocarpum. According to local conditions, it varies in height from 4 to 6 ft, or even more, and the tall, well-shaped, bushy plants have graceful sprays of mauve-coloured flowers with yellow stamens and attractive, finely cut foliage. There is also a white form of this variety.

Thalictrum

There has now come into well-deserved prominence a variety of dipterocarpum, known as ‘Hewitt’s Double’. This his rapidly become popular, both as a cut flower and a border plant. Being double, it does not produce seed, and therefore can only be propagated by root division. It is a vigorous grower, attaining a height of 5 ft or so, and producing sprays of very small violet-pink double flowers, carried on dainty, yet strong, stems.

All the taller-growing varieties should be given some support, which should be as inconspicuous as possible In a deeply moved and fairly rich soil the unusual flowers, which are in reality composed of sepals and prominent stamens, keep on giving a good show over a period of many months. They are ideal for mixing with other flowers and produce a light, graceful effect.

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