Thalictrum flavum subsp. glaucum 'Ruth Lynden-Bell'
glaucous-leaved yellow meadow rue 'Ruth Lynden-Bell'
'Ruth Lynden-Bell' is a vigorous, clump-forming, rhizomatous herbaceous perennial up to 1.3m high, with blue-green stems, blue-green leaves, and panicles of flowers of small sepals and creamy stamens and pistils in summer; honeybees visit Thalictrum flowers for pollen
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Ultimate height1–1.5 metres
Time to ultimate height2–5 years
Ultimate spread0.1–0.5 metres
MoistureMoist but well–drained
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
|Spring||Blue Green||Blue Green|
|Summer||Blue Green||Cream Yellow||Blue Green|
|Autumn||Blue Green||Blue Green|
- Partial shade
South–facing or North–facing or West–facing or East–facing
ExposureExposed or Sheltered
- Native to the UK
- Clump forming
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
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How to grow
Grow in moisture-retentive, humus-rich but well-drained soil in partial shade, and provide support if necessary, for example by growing among shrubs. See staking perennials for further advice.
Propagate by division as new growth begins in spring; divisions may be slow to re-establish
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Cottage and informal garden
- Cut flowers
- Flower borders and beds
No pruning required
May be affected by slugs
May be affected by powdery mildews in dry conditions
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