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    Thalictrum aquilegifolium

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    Meadow Rue (Thalictrum aquilegifolium) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Meadow Rue flowers

    Meadow Rue flowers

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    Plant Height:  3 feet

    Flower Height:  4 feet

    Spacing:  18 inches

    Sunlight:  partial shade  full shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  5a


    A beautiful plant from our native meadows with columns of steely blue foliage arising in spring, turning to a glaucous green; stately stems topped with bright white and violet flowers; lovely massed along borders; will readily naturalize

    Ornamental Features

    Meadow Rue features dainty panicles of white star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in early summer. The flowers are excellent for cutting. Its ferny leaves are bluish-green in colour. As an added bonus, the foliage turns a gorgeous olive green in the fall. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The olive green stems can be quite attractive.

    Landscape Attributes

    Meadow Rue is an herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading habit of growth. It brings an extremely fine and delicate texture to the garden composition and should be used to full effect.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It is a good choice for attracting bees and butterflies to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Meadow Rue is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Accent
    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Naturalizing And Woodland Gardens

    Planting & Growing

    Meadow Rue will grow to be about 3 feet tall at maturity extending to 4 feet tall with the flowers, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 18 inches apart. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years.

    This plant does best in partial shade to shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, acidic soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is native to parts of North America. It can be propagated by division.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
    Accent  Massing  Garden  Naturalizing 
    Flowers  Fall Color  Texture  Bark  Attracts Wildlife 
    Ornamental Features

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