Purple Meadow Rue, Thalictrum dasycarpum

Purple Meadow Rue

Thalictrum dasycarpum

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Bloom Time: Late Spring/Early Summer
Hardiness Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Soil Conditions: Loam
Soil Moisture: Medium
Color: White
Fragrance: No
Height: 6 feet
Spacing: 2 feet

Purple Meadow Rue (Thalictrum dasycarpum)is a dense, clump-forming plant that grows 3-5 feet tall. Features lacy, fine-textured, medium green, compound foliage (superficially resembling columbine or maidenhair fern) and terminal, wiry-branched sprays (panicles) of tiny, purplish-white flowers which appear in early summer (late May-July). Individual flowers are not particularly striking, but mass effect of bloom can be quite showy. Stems are often purple. Mostly dioecious (male and female flowers on separate plants). Male flowers have showy yellow stamens. The blooming period occurs from early to mid-summer for about 2-3 weeks. The flowers are cross-pollinated by the wind. Afterwards, the female flowers are replaced by spindle-shaped achenes that turn brown at maturity. Each achene has a beak at its apex and 4-6 raised ribs along its sides. The root system is fibrous and rhizomatous. Clonal offsets are sometimes produced from the rhizomes.

Habitats consist of river-bottom prairies, savannas and thickets, woodland borders, openings in wooded areas, wooded ravines, floodplain woodlands, swamps, and edges of fens. This wildflower has low fidelity to any particular habitat; sometimes it is found in sandy wetlands.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers moist, rich, humusy soil and dappled sun.
 Plant Notes and Herbal Uses
  Taller plants may need staking or other support.
  Intolerant of hot and humid conditions.
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