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Thalictrum minus

Thalictrum minus
Common name small meadow rue
Family ranunculaceae
Life cycle perennial
Flowers blue (May)
Size 8"
Light sun-part shade
From seed Tricky to germinate. Probably needs a cold stage.
detailed seed-starting info below

This is the most intricate, truly tiny meadow rue (compare the size of its leaves with the morning glory seedling right next to it). I love the almost ferny look of the diminutive leaves. It bloomed both this year and last, but I missed it both times - it must not hold its flowers for long. This spring I moved it to the edge of the patio, where I hope to watch it more closely.
For now, I'm lumping plants I started from seed labeled 'Afghanistan' in with this species, although the exact species isn't clear. I've seen hints that it is T. m. adiantifolium, or T. isopyroides.

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

Seed for this plant is included on my seed trade list

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '01 trade. Baggy 35F (9w)-70F (35%G, 6-19d)
  2. Same seed as above. Baggy 35F (10w)-70F (8w)-70F with light. No G.
  3. Seed for 'Afghanistan' from '04 trade. Baggy 35F (53d; 23%G, 39-53d) - 70F (15%G, 8d)

Seed may be short-viable. I'll try sowing in early winter next year. Seedlings are very slow-growing - start early to get plants large enough to set out in late spring.

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