Thalictrum

Meadow-Rue

Once upon a time, the newborn infant was placed upon a pillow filled with Meadow-Rue to ensure a prosperous life. Thalictrum means “to flourish,” and it does, with elegant foamlike sprays that resemble Baby’s Breath, and rounded, finely cut, compound foliage. Tougher than it appears, Thalictrum is the perfect choice for the border.

Showing amazing vigor, this exceptional Thalictrum was twice as large as the other delavayi seedlings when esteemed Dutch plantsman, Coen Jansen initially spotted it growing in a propagation tray. Glaucous bluish green Columbine-like foliage drapes the sky-high sleek dark stalks that energetically thrust upward, supporting large soft-hued effervescent puffs of plenteous lilac pink flowers with pronounced creamy yellow stamens on finely branched stems. A regal stand-alone for any garden, ‘Ankum’s hearty amber-colored spent stems maintain an exquisite presence long after its lovely blooms and leaves have faded.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 6-1/2' high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

The tallest of the species and one of the showiest Meadow-Rues, this aptly named Thalictrum amasses large fluffy heads defined by pronounced rich rosy violet stamens and dark purple double florets. The colorful individual flowers unfurl like tiny fireworks, imparting a gracious glamour atop branched stems and small teal green obovate leaflets. An honored AGM recipient, 'Thundercloud' is best planted en masse against a dark backdrop.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Distinctive for its gauzy white flowers with pale yellow stamens gracing sizable branched sprays, this classy clump-forming Thalictrum is grounded by finely divided fresh green Columbine-like foliage. 'Album's delicate upright silhouette provides peerless texture-rich accents that effectively contrast bold-leafed plants such as Hydrangea serrata 'Kiyosumi' in the mixed border.

Blooms July – August.

Size: 3-1/2' high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Thalictrum delavayi</i> ‘Hewitt’s Double’

Pale purple double flowers with yellow eyes adorn this Thalictrum’s tall flower stems. We often grow ‘Hewitt’s Double’ among other plants, such as Anemone x hybrida ‘Andrea Atkinson’, for support, especially in areas exposed to summer wind and rain.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 4' 0" – 6' 0" high x 3' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

<i>Thalictrum</i> ‘Elin’

Loosely garbed in striking steely blue foliage, ‘Elin’s tall purple-tinged stems maintain a stately carriage. An impressive hybrid between Thalictrum flavum var. glaucum and Thalictrum rochebrunianum, its sturdy upright stalks culminate in open sprays of bicolored pale yellow and lavender flowers. Known to grow up to 12 ft. tall, this lofty Thalictrum paints soft smoky hues in the background and seldom needs staking.

Blooms July–early August.

Size: 8' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Thalictrum flavum ssp. glaucum (P-1146)

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You will never “rue” planting this winning European native. As it emerges in spring, tender mauve-tinted stems and foliage scramble skyward. By midsummer, gleaming and glaucous trilobed, silvery blue-green foliage adorns brawny upright stems. Erect, gossamer-like panicles of soft yellow burst upward in a frothy show.

Absolutely striking when planted in a drift with Phlomis russeliana and Spodiopogon sibiricus.

Blooms July–August.

Size: 5' 0" – 6' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

A marvelous perennial that fashions an ethereal, lavender-hued mist, this elegant Japanese native boasts attractive foliage and a bounteous display of dainty flowers. Tall stems hold glabrous, blue-green, oval-shaped leaves, and each produces wiry branched blooming panicles. Prominent pale yellow stamens and persistent sepals accentuate the display. Most effective in a drift, place wherever a glow of purple would be welcome.

Blooms August–September.

Size: 5' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 5.

Discovered as a garden seedling between Thalictrum elegans and Thalictrum delavayi by celebrated French Heuchera breeder, Thierry Delabroye, this towering floriferous Meadow Rue is indeed splendid. Heaven bound and steadfast, 9 ft. tall, crimson tinted stalks, clothed with lacy grayish green fernlike foliage, have a willowy architectural appeal.

Myriad lavender-pink flowers, centered by cream-colored stamens, compose a massive, yet sprightly pastel cloud, which envelopes the entire upper 3 ft. of each impressive plant nearly all summer long.

Blooms late June – September.

Size: 5' 0" – 9' 0" high x 2' 0" wide.

Hardy to zone 3.

Kudos to renowned French nurseryman Thierry Delabroye for this urbane white blooming Meadow Rue. Erect multibranched hale-and-hearty stalks support pinnate leaves with oblong grayish green leaflets, plus large gossamer-like panicles of small spherical buds unfurling fragrant snowy white blooms. Aptly named, ‘Splendide White’s tall growing visage has splendor to spare that can be enjoyed midborder, planted either en masse or positioned as a spectacular illuminated specimen, or cut for a fanciful bouquet.

Blooms late June–September

Size: 3' 0" – 4' 0" high x 12" wide.

Hardy to zone 4.

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