Thalictrum- Meadow Rue

Hardy perennials with a particularly graceful habit and flowers in beautiful, subtle colours.


An ideal border plant, also suitable for natural groupings. Tolerates a certain amount of shade.


Nutritious, reasonably damp, soil.


If possible by division, but also from seed; the latter will produce plenty of variation.

Thalictrum aquilegifolium: Height 40-150 cm; flowering season late spring to mid summer. Flowers with numerous yellow or purple anthers; in ‘Album’ the stamens are white, in ‘Atropurpureum’ they are purple. The foliage resembles that of the aquilegia.

Thalictrum dipterocarpum: Height to 2 m; flowering throughout summer months as fairly large lilac flowers with yellow anthers in loose, pyramid-shaped sprays. The double form ‘Hewitt’s Double’ is, if possible, even more attractive than the species. The rather limp stalks can collapse after rain; support with thin brushwood.

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