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. Compound 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