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Herbaceous Perennial

Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Album'

French meadow rue 'Album'

'Album' is an upright, clump-forming perennial with bluish-green leaves composed of obovate leaflets. Dense, frothy clusters of white flowers, with prominent white stamens, produced in panicles on glaucous stems in late spring or early summer

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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
Clay
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring White Green Blue
Summer White Green Blue
Autumn Green Blue
Winter
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H5
Botanical details
Family
Ranunculaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Deciduous
Habit
Clump forming
Potentially harmful
Contact with foliage may irritate the skin. Wear gloves and other protective equipment when handling
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

Accepted

How to grow

Cultivation

Grow in moist, humus-rich soil in partial shade

Propagation

Propagate by seed in pots in a cold frame as soon as seed is ripe or in early spring. Propagate by division in spring as new growth begins

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Coastal
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Gravel garden
  • Flower borders and beds
Pruning

Cut down stems once flowering is over

Pests

Slugs may be a problem

Diseases

May be subject to powdery mildews in dry conditions

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