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Thalictrum dioicum

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade

Water Use: medium

Soil Moisture: moist

Soil Description: rich

Height: 1'-2'

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

Flowers of Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)
  • Flowers of Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)
  • Flowers of Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)
  • Flowers of Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)
  • Flowers of Thalictrum dioicum (early meadow-rue)

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Description

Thalictrum dioicum

Also known as:

early meadow-rue

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Scientific Synonyms:

Description

Thalictrum dioicum is best known for its, gray-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.

Cultivation

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

Propagation

Propagate from seed. Seedlings can be slow to mature and produce flowers.

Additional Notes

This species is dioecious, genus modifier dioicum, 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

Native Range:
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

Classification

Kingdom Plantae Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida Dicotyledons
Subclass Magnoliidae
Order Ranunculales
Family Ranunculaceae Buttercup family
Genus Thalictrum meadow-rue
Species Thalictrum dioicum early meadow-rue