A race of fine foliaged herbaceous plants, native
to northern temperate, regions and eminently suitable
for flower borders.
Thalictrum minus adiantifolium is attractive
mainly for its foliage that resembles a miniature
Maidenhair Fern up to one foot, the greenish-white
flowers being insignificant from the point of
view of garden effect.
Thalictrum majus adiantifolium is similar but
grows to four feet.
Thalictrum aquilegiaefolium reaches three feet,
with larger foliage similar to that of the Aquilegia,
and flowers borne in elegant heads where the purple
or pink stamens are numerous and conspicuous,
giving an attractive fluffy appearance; there
are various improved garden forms.
Thalictrum chelidoni, Himalayas, six inches, is
dwarf, with branched stems bearing large purple
Thalictrum delavayi, China, reaches three feet,
with lilac-purple sepals.
Thalictrum dipterocarpum, often held to be a form
of Thalictrum delavayi, is a gem.
Easily grown in any good soil that is well drained,
rich in humus, in sun or partial shade.
Propagate by division or from seed.
The flowering season is from June to August.
Thalictrum – Meadow Rue
Two to three feet.
Flowers of several colours, June to August.
A fine race of perennials, not grown nearly so
much as they deserve.
The foliage is handsome,
and in several kinds the flowers are charming
in an uncommon way.
Plant roots in February or
March; ordinary garden soil, of fair depth, and
an open site are all they need.
A little support
may be required by the taller sorts in flowering
Clear off the dead stems in November and
Divide the roots, and replant every
Thalictrum aquilegifolium; three to four feet;
the plant in habit and foliage closely resembles
the Columbine; the
flowers are dense feathery heads of pale pink,
fading to white.
Thalictrum adiantifolium; the foliage imitates the maiden-hair
fern; flowers purple.
Thalictrum glaucum flavum; three or four feet; blue-grey
leaves and yellow-green flowers.