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Thalictrum pubescens

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials

Light Requirements: part-sun, part-shade, shade

Water Use: medium, high

Soil Moisture: moist, wet

Soil Description: acid, rich, average

Height: 3'-8'

Bloom Time: June, July, August, September

Bloom Color: white

Leaf Color: green

Hardiness Zone: 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Additional Tags: attracts butterflies, bog plant, fall interest, ornamental foliage, pond margin plant, shade garden plant, stream margin plant, swamp plant

Thalictrum pubescens (king of the meadow)
  • Thalictrum pubescens (king of the meadow)
  • Thalictrum pubescens (king of the meadow)
  • Thalictrum pubescens (king of the meadow)
  • Thalictrum pubescens (king of the meadow)

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Description

Thalictrum pubescens

Also known as:

king of the meadow

,

tall meadow rue

,

late meadow rue

,

muskratweed

Scientific Synonyms:

Thalictrum perelegans, Thalictrum polygamum

Description

Thalictrum pubescens is a tall species with attractive foliage comprised of finely divided leaves that turn bright yellow in fall. The flowers are unusual in that they do not have petals. The large white plumes are made up of the stamens only, and create an impression of starbursts. These will brighten any shade garden.

Cultivation

Native to the eastern US, it can be found as far south as Mississippi and as far North as New Foundland. King of the meadow can be found alongside streams, in swamps and wet meadows. It does well with low light levels, yet it will tolerate part sun and average soil so long as its feet are kept wet. Under dryer conditions the foliage will turn yellow earlier in the season. Its tall growth habit makes it an ideal plant for the back of a shade garden or border. May bloom as early as June and as late as September depending on geographic location. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Propagate from seed (cold stratification is recommended), or by separating offsets when the plant goes dormant in fall.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, IL, IN, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, VT, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Threatened: IN

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 pubescens king of the meadow