Thalictrum aquilegifolium – Meadow Rue
In late spring and summer fluffy clouds of light pink to white top Meadow Rue, Thalictrum aquilegifolium. Its lacy blue-green foliage and soft flowers add delicate texture to the garden. Though delicate-looking Meadow Rue is actually pretty tough. If given the right combination of shade and water Meadow Rue thrives in St. Louis. It needs more water the more sunlight it’s given.
Meadow Rue looks beautiful mixed with other shade loving perennials. It’s ideal for formal shady areas as well as more natural woodland settings. When not in bloom it resembles a tall fern, adding considerable interest with its fascinating leaves. For a designer look mix it up with the large leaves of Hosta, for instance Empress Wu, the largest Hosta in the world. Meadow Rue prefers dappled shade.
Plant in shade to part shade in soil that has been amended with compost or other organic matter. Keep consistently watered, especially when plants are setting up buds and blooming, and during dry spells.