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Thalictrum

Meadow Rue

Oh dear, another addictive family of hardy herbaceous perennials! Lots of unusual species to choose from and some new breeding between them. Mostly tight clump formers with airy upright flowers in summer.

This is one of those genera of plants where a very small number are known by gardeners, and those are not the best plants in tha family.  The more we investigate Thalictrum the more interesting, garden worthy, species and cultivars we find, and it is becoming apparent that others are at it too!  On the whole they are a group of clump forming herbaceous perennials where the foliage is as interesting as the flowers, and where the flowers are often (usually?) without petals.

Thalictrum are typified by their divided, usually ferny foliage which is often greyish, the young foliage even blueish or purpleish.  Stems are usually wiry, strong and upright, in many cases dark in contrast with the greyish foliage.  Flowers range from yellow and creamy white, through pinks to the more common lavender, lilac and purple.

Most Thalictrum are perfectly hardy in the UK given drained, but ordinary soil in sun or perhaps light shade for some species.

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Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Thundercloud'

Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Thundercloud'£4.50

Clumps of finely divided foliage and fluffy pink purple flowers on upright stems to 1.2m in early summer. Best in good soil, not dry.


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Thalictrum dasycarpum

Thalictrum dasycarpum£5.00

Stunning species with divided pink-purple new foliage that turns blue-grey as it emerges. Heads of cream flowers to 90cm in summer. Good soil in sun.


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Thalictrum minus var. hypoleucum

Thalictrum minus var. hypoleucum£4.00

Very finely divided fresh green foliage and slender stems to 1.2m topped with airy heads of mostly whiteish green flowers where the showy pale yellow stamens are the main attraction! Hardy, ordinary soil in sun or light shade.


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Thalictrum sachalinense RBS0279

Thalictrum sachalinense RBS0279£5.50

Rarely seen this far east Russian species makes clumps of attractive fine-cut grey-green foliage and heads of creamy yellow flowers to about 75cm. Average soil in sun or light shade.


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Thalictrum simplex

Thalictrum simplex£4.00

A more compact Meadow Rue with finely divided fresh green foliage and panicles of creamy yellowish flowers to 1m in summer. Best in good soil in part shade.


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