Thalictrum occidentale

It’s hard to photographically convey the delicate beauty of western meadow rue. You may see this leafy plant when walking the trails at Peavy Arboretum.┬áCompound leaves with three-lobed leaflets. The male and female flowers are found on different plants. Flowering from early to mid-summer, the male flowers have dangling purple anthers and the female flowers are upright clusters. Meadow rue makes a beautiful companion to bleeding heart in a shady garden or forest understory.

 

Thalictrum occidentale © brewbooks; flickr commons
thalictrum occidentale leaf-© Seven Oaks Native Nursery-Seven Oaks
  • Thalictrum occidentale © brewbooks; flickr commons
  • thalictrum occidentale leaf-© Seven Oaks Native Nursery-Seven Oaks

Plant Details

Habitat:
Oak woodland
Riparian Forests
Bottomland Forests
Mixed Hardwood-Conifer Forest or Woodland
Wet Prairie
Mature Height:
1-3 ft
Shade Preference:
Partial Shade, Full Shade,
Soil Tolerance:
moist soils, tolerates seasonal flooding