Plant types and subtypes: Perennials
Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade
Water Use: medium
Soil Moisture: moist
Soil Description: rich
Bloom Time: April, May
Bloom Color: white, green
Leaf Color: green, gray-green
Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Additional Tags: cut flowers, deer resistant, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, shade garden plant
Pricing & Availability
Thalictrum dioicumAlso known as:
Thalictrum dioicum is best known for its, grey-green delicate foliage which resembles that of the columbine and maidenhair fern. Male and female flowers appear on separate plants and are delicate, lantern like and very attractive. Male flowers are greenish-white with yellowish stamens. Female flowers are greenish-white with purplish pistils.
This species is easy to grow in rich, moist, humusy, well-drained soil. It prefers light shade and dappled sunlight. It is one of the earliest plants to emerge in spring, hence the common name early meadow-rue. It creates an attractive background for later growing perennials. Blooms April and May. Zones 3-8
Propagate from seed. Seedlings can be slow to mature and produce flowers.
This species is dioecious, coming from Greek, meaning two households, and refers to the fact that male and female flowers are on separate plants.
Native Range & Classification
Recorded County Distribution: USDA data
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, VA, VT, WI, WV
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