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Herbaceous Perennial

Thalictrum actaeifolium var. brevistylum

short-styled, Actaea-leaved meadow rue

An upright, clump-forming perennial to around 1m tall with erect stems clothed in glossy, blue-green leaves divided into three lobed leaflets. In summer, white-tipped, pink-pale purple flowers are borne in loose, branching panicles

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Size
Ultimate height
0.5–1 metres
Time to ultimate height
2–5 years
Ultimate spread
0.1–0.5 metres
Growing conditions
Chalk
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained, Poorly–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green Blue
Summer Pink Purple White Green Blue
Autumn Green Blue
Winter
Position
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
Aspect

East–facing or North–facing or South–facing or West–facing

Exposure
Exposed or Sheltered
Hardiness
H6
Botanical details
Family
Ranunculaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Genus

Thalictrum can be rhizomatous or tuberous perennials with ternately or pinnately divided, often attractive foliage, and panicles or racemes of small flowers with showy stamens and sometimes large colourful petal-like sepals

Name status

Unresolved

How to grow

Cultivation

Prefers moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade, though will tolerate a sunny position if not too dry

Propagation

Propagate by seed or by division

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Low Maintenance
  • Flower borders and beds
  • Cut flowers
Pruning

Faded flower stems can be cut back in late autumn or in spring before new growth starts emerging

Pests

May be susceptible to slugs

Diseases

May be susceptible to powdery mildews in dry conditions

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