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FutureStarrMeadow rue uses
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.
Meadow Rue grows from a yellowish root. Small flowers form plentiful, delicate clusters. Sometimes mistaken for Columbine, the petals face downward off lobed leaves, the foliage ranging from blue-green to bright chartreuse. Modest and whispy blooms rise four to six feet tall. Pair shorter varieties with petite hosta, heaths and heathers for a range of pink and purple amid a rock garden. This herbaceous perennial is resistant to deer and rabbits, while it attracts many bees and butterflies. Establish a pollinator patch of meadow rue and other tall summer blooms like Bee Balm and Agastache, while low-growing lavender and climbing clematis mingle with the sturdy stems.Meadow Rue originally grew in marshes. Grow in rich, humus-y soil. An average, medium-moisture, well-drained soil will do just fine, too. While they can tolerate full sun in cooler climates, the soil needs to be kept moist. This perennial usually does not survive hot and humid summers of the deep south of North America, though in a warmer zone, cover plants with mulch to protect from heat. In cooler zones, cover plants with mulch in winter.
Meadow Rue is a herbaceous perennial in the Ranunculaceae (Buttercup) family native from Europe to central Asia. Also known as Columbine Meadow Rue due to its leaves which resemble the genus Aquilegia (columbine) and this plant is often confused with Columbine or the Adiantum genus (Maidenhair Fern).Meadow Rue grows in average, medium moisture, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade but prefers a rich, highly organic soil and dappled sun in the afternoon. It is intolerant of the hot and humid summers of the deep South and would do well in areas of shade in the afternoon during the hot summer months. Can be easily grown from seed. (Source: plants.ces.ncsu.edu)