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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium is often confused with:
Adiantum hispidulum Adiantum pedatum, multiple
Aquilegia canadensis Flower
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Euphorbia Euphorbia spp.
Viola pedata Viola pedata
Phlox pilosa Phlox pilosa

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium

Phonetic Spelling
tha-LIK-trum ak-wil-egg-ee-FOH-lee-um
Description

Meadow-rue has beautiful, dissected bluish-green leaves that resemble those of columbine. There are separate male and female plants. The males have showier flowers, held in a powder puff like panicles 6 or 8" wide. The cultivar 'Thundercloud' has deep purple flowers. Intolerant of very hot humid summers.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Thundercloud'
Tags:
#perennial#meadow#blue leaves#deer resistant#spring interest#wildflower garden
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Thundercloud'
Tags:
#perennial#meadow#blue leaves#deer resistant#spring interest#wildflower garden
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Thalictrum
    Species:
    aquilegiifolium
    Family:
    Ranunculaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Recommended Propagation Strategy:
    Division
    Seed
    Dimensions:
    Height: 2 ft. 0 in. - 4 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Perennial
    Wildflower
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Available Space To Plant:
    12 inches-3 feet
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Mountains
    Piedmont
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    6-8 in. airy panicles of pink tufted flowers; male and female plants
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Blue
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Description:
    Lacy columbine-like bluish green foliage
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Cottage Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer