Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'

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Buy Thalictrum 'Black Stockings' meadow rue: Fluffy mauve flowers and black stems

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or lightly dappled shade
  • Soil: fertile, moist soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A recent introduction 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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Possibly poorly positioned


We put this in the back of a difficult 'dry shade' bed and it hasn't flourished, but maybe that's not surprising. However I saw mixed reviews on purchasing so perhaps others also failed with this plant




Very dainty


This is a pretty plant and despite being very dainty seems to hold its own against slug attack, they don't seem to like it. It's quite slow growing but this may be the heavy clay soil I garden on, it is very wet during the winter. I would recommend it but have patience with it.




Pretty flower heads


Not as healthy as I have seen them in festivals/garden centres. The pests eat the leaves in the early summer and the flower head seems




Waiting to seen it perform


I planted this at the end of last season. I am looking forward to seeing how it does in a full year.

Gardening fan



Thalictrium 'Black Stockings'


Very pleased with these. They were well packaged when delivered and, so far, are doing well in the garden!




Beautiful delicate flowers


Good plants and great fillers.




Highly recommended


I planted my thalictrum between high shrubs in a north facing border where it is growing vigorously despite receiving hardly any direct sun. It is now in its third season and appears to be bigger and stronger each year despite its delicate appearance. When in flower it attracts attention because it is both beautiful and unusual.




Love this airy and reliable plant


lovely and delicate in mixed border






This is the most stunning plant with fluffy purple flowers and beautiful black stalks... It is really striking I planted it amongst other lilac and purple shaded plants with contrasting whites it is such a lovely and very different plant.





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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

Peter Brunton

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. Thanks

Crocus Helpdesk

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

Peter Brunton

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

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