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Thalictrum dioicum (Early Meadow Rue)

Early Meadow Rue, Meadow Rue


Blooming early in the season, Thalictrum dioicum (Early Meadow Rue) is a graceful, clump-forming perennial boasting clouds of tiny, nodding, greenish-white flowers in mid to late spring. Hanging like small tassels, the male flowers feature yellowish stamens while the female flowers are adorned with purplish pistils. Resembling Chinese lanterns, they are borne in long-stalked terminal and axillary clusters above the ravishing foliage of lacy, gray-green, compound leaves. Although the delicate blossoms are very attractive, Thalictrum dioicum is grown mostly for its fine-textured foliage which remains attractive from spring through fall. An excellent shade-garden plant.

  • Grows up to 1-2 ft. tall and wide (30-60 cm).
  • Thrives in humus-rich, moist, well-drained soils in full sun or part shade. Intolerant of hot and humid summers. Dappled shade is preferred.
  • Fits beautifully in any beds of perennial flowers, wildflower gardens, meadows , woodland edges, or naturalized areas. Great for cutting too!
  • Easy to grow, Meadow Rue is generally pest free. Keep an eye out for powdery mildews. Deer resistant.
  • Plant seeds outside in the fall. Seedlings will germinate in one year and bloom in 2-3 years.
  • Native to central and eastern North America.

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Thalictrum - Meadow Rues
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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Requirements

Hardiness 4 – 7
Plant Type Perennials
Plant Family Thalictrum - Meadow Rues
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Height 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spread 1' – 2' (30cm – 60cm)
Spacing 24" (60cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Chalk, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Showy
Native Plants United States, Midwest, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Northeast, Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Southeast, Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Tolerance Deer
Garden Uses Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Prairie and Meadow

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