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Thalictrum thalictroides

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Plant types and subtypes: Perennials, Ephemerals

Light Requirements: part-shade

Water Use: low, medium

Soil Moisture: dry, moist

Soil Description: acid, rich, loam, clay, sand

Height: 4"-9"

Bloom Time: March, April, May

Bloom Color: white, pink

Leaf Color: green, purple

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

Additional Tags: attracts bees, clumping, deer resistant, drought tolerant, ephemeral, naturalizing, ornamental foliage, poisonous, shade garden plant, woodland plant

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)
  • Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)
  • Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)
  • Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

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Description

Thalictrum thalictroides

Also known as:

rue anemone

,

windflower

Scientific Synonyms:

Anemonella thalictroides, Syndesmon thalictroides

Description

Run anemone is woodland, spring ephemeral delight. Whorled basal leaves emerge in late winter. They are lobed, dark green with hints of purple, and provide good visual interest during a period when there is little else growing. During spring, loose clusters of whitish flowers - they may be tinged with pink - develop atop 5" to 9" stems. These are composed of 5 to 10 petal-like sepals, and are long-lived: up to 3 weeks. Each flower will set a single seed before going dormant in summer.

Cultivation

As a woodland species, rue anemone prefers acidic soil rich in organic material. A moist environment is best, but it will tolerate dry conditions once dormant. Plant in a location that will be exposed to filtered sunlight during its growing season. It will slowly naturalize by seed, is non aggressive, easy to grow, and low maintenance. Zones 3-8

Propagation

Propagate by division, or from root cuttings. Seeds will require cold stratification. Plants propagated by seed, may take up to three years to flower after germination.

Additional Notes

All parts of the plant should be considered toxic if ingested in large quantities. This natural defense also makes this species quite resistant to deer, and other browsing mammals.

Native Range & Classification

Recorded County Distribution: USDA data

Native Range:
AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, VT, WI, WV

USDA Endangered Status:

  • Endangered: FL
  • Possibly Extirpated: ME
  • Special Concern: RI
  • Threatened: NH

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 thalictroides rue anemone