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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium (Meadow Rue)

Meadow Rue, Rue, French Meadow Rue, Columbine Meadow Rue, Feathered Columbine, Spanish Tuft, Tufted Columbine, Thalictrum aquilegifolium


Thalictrum aquilegiifolium (Meadow Rue) is favored for its lacy, refined, bluish-green foliage resembling Columbine or Maidenhair Fern and its dense panicles of pink, white or purple fluffy flowers. On display in late spring to early summer, they give way to ornamental clusters of pendulous, wing-like seeds, therefore providing an extended season of interest. Low maintenance, disease and trouble free, this bushy plant adds a marvelous accent in the landscape.

  • Clump-forming perennial which typically grows 2-3 ft. tall and wide (60-90 cm).
  • Thrives in rich, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Intolerant of hot and humid summers. Dappled shade is preferred. Keep soil moist but not soggy. Mulch in colder climates.
  • Fits beautifully in any beds, borders, cottage gardens, wildflower gardens or meadows. Great for cutting too!
  • Deer and rabbit tolerant!
  • Easily grown from seeds. Sow seeds in the fall when they are fresh. Divide in the spring.

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Thalictrum - Meadow Rues
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Credit: photos courtesy of AnnaKika and John Shortland

While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 8
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2, 2A, 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Thalictrum - Meadow Rues
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Late)
Summer (Early)
Height 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spread 2' – 3' (60cm – 90cm)
Spacing 36" (90cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Chalk, Clay, Loam
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Moisture Retentive, Poorly Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Tolerance Deer, Rabbit
Attracts Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Underplanting Roses and Shrubs
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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