Beatrix Farrand Plant Profiles

Thalictrum pubescens, tall meadow rue


Thalictrum pubescens, tall meadow rue

This 4-8 foot tall native perennial does best in part shade and moist soil and has interesting blue-green foliage throughout the spring and summer. Its cream-colored long-blooming flowers have numerous, showy, thread-like stamens in mid-summer which are continually visited by bees and butterflies.

Here at Bellefiled, we cut the tall flower stalks all the way back to the ground when the blossoms are finished,and a beautiful low foliage returns for the rest of the season. This method will also keeps the plant from seeding itself readily in the garden, although we are usually happy when we find a few volunteer seedlings along the border.