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Thalictrum pubescens

King of the Meadow

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King of the Meadow is valued for its delicately patterned attractive foliage.

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King of the Meadow is valued for its attractive foliage. Leaves grow around the base of the stem, as well as along the stem itself. Leaves are delicately patterned, similar to Eastern Columbine (Aquilegia canadensis). Uniquely structured white flowers lack petals; instead, the stamen extend outward creating a pincushion-like pattern. Flowers bloom in the summer, from June through August. Soils should be kept uniformly moist. Tall Meadow Rue is at home in a woodland garden, along pond edges and shade gardens, in partial to full shade. Plants grown in full shade may need staking. It is found growing naturally in rich woods, wet meadows, and along stream banks.

Wildlife Value: Visited by butterflies and bees.

Plant Details:

Other Common Names: Tall Meadow Rue

Plant Type: Flower, Perennial

New Jersey Native: Yes

Bloom Times: Summer

Bloom Colors: White

Deer Resistance: Some

Attracts Pollinators and Wildlife: Bees and Other Pollinators, Butterflies

Salt Tolerance: Unknown

Hardiness Zone: 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b

Physiographic Region: All Regions in NJ

Soil Characteristics

Soil Type: Loam, Organic

Soil Moisture: Moist

Soil pH: Acidic, Slightly Acidic

Light Needs of Plant

Optimal Light: Partial Shade

Light Range: Partial Shade, Shade

Water Needs of Plant

Soil Moisture: Moist

Drought Tolerance: Low

Size and Growth Rate

Height: 3 - 7 ft

Spread: 2 - 3 ft

Growth Rate: Medium