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Thalictrum dasycarpum

 
Thalictrum dasycarpum
purple meadow rue

Common name purple meadow rue
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z4-7)
Flowers white (June)
Size 3-5'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes ordinary garden soil
Seed ripensmid-September

Okay, so thalictrum is one of those genera I can't resist. Although this isn't as much of a charmer as its bolder-flowered cousins, I keep it around because of its gentle habit and attractive foliage. This species is dioecious (male and female flowers appear on separate plants). The male flowers are the ones with showy yellow stamens (photos above and to right), while the female flowers are white whispy things (photo below). Although my source say it can grow fairly tall, in my experience this one stays lower than the strongly upright species such as T. pubescens, mostly because it wants to arch rather than grow straight up.

Thalictrum dasycarpum
Cute deep purple new growth in early April
purple meadow rue
distinctive leaf shape
Thalictrum dasycarpum
female flowers

In our garden, this plant grows in the following areas: side garden, orchard nursery area

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