Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'
- Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
- Soil: fertile, moist soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to July
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A new variety of popular meadow rue, this has lavender-purple flowers held high on striking, jet-black stems. Each small flower is made up of tiny strands, like downy thistles, giving the plant a hazy, fluffy effect. The foliage is pretty, too, scalloped and lacy looking. This willowy, tall perennial makes a striking feature towards the back of a partially shady border, or as a contrast to larger-leaved plants. It looks at home and happy as part of a cottage-garden scheme, but it associates well with grasses, too.
- Garden care: May need supporting with brushwood or garden canes. Divide congested plants as new growth begins in spring, although divisions may be slow to re-establish. In autumn cut back flower stems to the ground.
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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 youAsked on 1/4/2010 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.
ThanksAnswered on 1/5/2010 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 DoctorAnswered on 1/5/2010 by Peter Brunton
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 DoctorAnswered on 1/6/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
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