Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

meadow rue

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Hundreds of tiny purple-pink flowers above grey-green foliage, attractively sectioned into three lobes, with wispy thistledown seed heads on this tall upright, soft-topped purple-haze plant

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  • Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
  • Soil: moist, humus-rich soil
  • Rate of growth: slow to average
  • Flowering period: June and July
  • Other features: leaves and flowers are good in flower arrangements
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Fluffy mauve or white flower clusters appear in June and July, held on upright stems above grey-green, fern-like foliage. The dainty blooms of this early flowering meadow rue provide an excellent contrast with larger flowered plants. Perfect for a border in partial shade, the stems need supporting with brushwood or garden canes.

  • Garden care: Divide plants as new growth begins in spring though divisions may be slow to re-establish. In autumn cut back flower stems to the ground.

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  • Q:

    I bought two meadow rue plants two years ago. But after the first year one of them appears to be growing as just one thick stem with very few flowers. The other is still growing with many stems and flowers and is much more attractive. The first is now starting to grow the same way again this year. Is there anything I can do to encourage more stems to grow?
    Asked on 26/3/2015 by jacq from Manchester

    1 answer

    • Plant Doctor



      You could try pinching out the growing tip while it is still quite young as this should encourage lateral branching.

      Answered on 2/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
  • Q:

    Help with plants for N/East facing garden

    Hi, I have a little problem choosing some plants....... I really like the look and size of the 'Shady Pink' pre-designed corner planting plan, but our problem is that we have a north east facing garden, so we get no sun at all in the winter, and direct sun for only half a day on either side of the garden during the summer. Would this planting plan be suitable for that level of shade? We are actually are buying plants for the entire garden, so we'd need about 6 new shrubs, and maybe a small tree (we were thinking about the Prunus Amanogawa). Could you please help us with a few shrubs that would do well in these conditions? For perennials, we have been recommended; - Geranium Johnson's Blue, Kniphofia, Crocosmia, and Helleborus foetidus. Are these suitable? Many many thanks! Regards, Josee
    Asked on 12/4/2010 by Josee Mallet

    1 answer

    • A:

      Hello Josee, It is always difficult to give a definitive answer to the shade issue, but looking at the Shady Pink border, the most shade tolerant plants include Anemone hupehensis Hadspen Abundance, Thalictrum aquilegiifolium and Dryopteris erythrosora. If you click on the following link it will take you to all our shade-loving shrubs and for the shade -loving perennials Of the plants you have listed, the Prunus, Helleborus foetidus, Kniphofia and Crocosmia will be OK as long as there is more sun than shade. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 13/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
  • Q:

    Thalictrum - Meadow Rue hardiness?

    Hi there, My wife and I are new to plant selection so could do with your help before buying please. We are trying to add to an established garden, but want a low maintenance, grow back each year border area. Could you advise if Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'- Meadow Rue is suitable for growing in Cumbria? It attracted our attention whilst visiting RHS Rosemoor last summer,- I was thinking of planting it near an 8ft high N/West facing wall between other perennials for support if needed Any comments please? Thank you
    Asked on 4/1/2010 by Peter Brunton

    3 answers

    • A:

      Hello again, As it is fully hardy it can be planted out at any time of the year, but the best times are spring or autumn. Best regards, Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 6/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
    • A:

      Hello There, It is difficult to tell you if a certain plant will grow in a particular garden in Cumbria, however these plants are fully hardy and will thrive in most fertile, moist soils in full sun or partial
      shade. I'm sorry not to be more help, but it is a lovely plant. Helen Plant Doctor

      Answered on 5/1/2010 by Peter Brunton
    • A:

      Thanks for that Helen. I was mainly concerned if we were too far North for it to survive. If I was to order some plants for planting out, what time of the year? Could you advise please.

      Answered on 5/1/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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