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Thalictrum lucidum

Thalictrum lucidum
shining meadow rue
Close-up of dew-laden flowers
Thalictrum lucidum

Synonym(s) Thalictrum angustifolium
Common name shining meadow rue
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers yellow (early summer)
Size 5'
Light sun-part shade
From seed best procedure not clear - see below
detailed seed-starting info below
Seed ripensmid-August

The foliage on this thalictrum is rather different than on most others we grow - instead of frilly, columbine-like leaves, it has narrower, glossy, compound leaves. Its flowers resemble those of Thalictrum flavum, its strongly upright habit that of Thalictrum rochebruneanum. Its flowers, which appear in late June in our garden, are reputed to be fragrant, smelling of roses, but I haven't noticed yet. All in all, a nice addition to the garden.

shining meadow rue
Rich butter yellow autumn color in early November
Thalictrum lucidum

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

Read about all the meadow rues in our garden

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '04 HPS/MAG exchange. Baggy 70F (24d) - 35F (6w) - 70F (19d; 3%G, 11d) - pot outside (60%G, 2-6w - May-June)
  2. Seed from '07 garden. Baggy 70F (3w) - 35F (11w) - 70F (42%G, 3-16d)
  3. Seed from '08 garden. Baggy 70F (34d) - 35F (7w) - 70F (4w; no G)
  4. Seed from '07 and '08 garden. Baggy 70F (3w) - 35F (7w) - 70F (2% of '08, 3% of '07 seeds germinated, 10d)

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