Thalictrum occidentale A. Gray
Ranunculaceae (Buttercup Family)
USDA Symbol: THOC
Thalictrum occidentale has branched stems with highly divided, soft, thin leaves and open branched clusters of greenish-brown flowers. The similar Fendler's Meadow-rue (T. fendleri) has laterally flattened fruit and occurs from Oregon and Wyoming south to California, Texas, and northern Mexico.
The common name meadow-rue is given to Thalictrum species because of their resemblance to European rues (Ruta), which are grown for their aromatic and medicinal properties.
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Bloom InformationBloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , ID , MT , NV , OR , WA , WY
Canada: AB , BC , SK
Native Distribution: British Columbia south to northern California and east to Montana, Wyoming, and Utah.
Native Habitat: Moist ground, often in shady woods.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Thalictrum occidentale in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Thalictrum occidentale in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2013-06-22
Research By: TWC Staff