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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Thalictrum dasycarpum Fisch. & Avé-Lall.
Purple meadow-rue, Meadow rue, Tall meadow-rue
USDA Symbol: THDA
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Purple meadow-rue or tall meadow-rue is a stout, upright perennial, 2-6 ft. high, with purplish stems branching in the upper portion. The flowers, which occur in loose, delicate, terminal clusters, are creamy-green with petal-like sepals falling as they open. Numerous, colored, thread-like stamens remain, becoming drooping and tangled. The leaves are divided into numerous, three-lobed leaflets.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Yellow , Green , Purple
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul
AL , AR , AZ , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , ND , NE , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , SD , TN , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY Canada: ON Native Distribution:
Ont. to e. B.C., s. to MD, OH, TX & AZ; rare & local in New England, ID, MT & n.e. WA Native Habitat:
Wet meadows; stream banks; prairies USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
Soil Description: Rich, sandy or calcareous loams. Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam Clay Loam Acid-based, Calcareous
Conditions Comments: In addition to its use in naturalized landscapes, tall meadow rue makes an interesting background plant in designed beds.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Perennial
garden, Water garden, Bog or pond area, Ground cover Use Food:
In the first century AD, Pliny recomended meadowrue for preventing baldness and restoring hair. Most species produce chemicals called alkaloids, some of which have been used to combat tumours. A few species contain the heart toxin thalictrine. (Kershaw) Conspicuous Flowers:
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Propagate by seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Cold-moist stratify for 4-6 weeks before planting.
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
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Native Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
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Record Modified: 2012-12-09
Research By: TWC Staff