Meadow Rue

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Meadow Rue’s lacy, blue-green leaves are arranged in airy tiers on strong, upright stems. In mid-to-late summer, wiry flower stems rise above the foliage, holding pendulous clusters of lavender-pink blossoms gently swaying in the breeze. Meadow Rue is a sturdy, long-lived, easy-care perennial that is at home in meadows, perennial gardens, and dramatic container plantings. (Thalictrum)
Zones 3 - 8
Deer Resistant
Great For Mass Plantings
Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks)
Good For Cut Flowers
Good For Containers
Rabbit Resistant
Light Requirements
Full Sun
Half Sun / Half Shade
Mature Height 48-72" tall (4-6 feet) , 24-36" wide
Bloom TimeMid to late summer
Item Package SizePlant - 3" Pot

USDA Hardiness Planting Zones

To determine if a plant is sufficiently cold hardy, the USDA created numbered zones indicating winter low temperatures; the lower the zone number the colder the winter.

  • If the coldest winter temperature expected in your area is -15°F (zone 5) then any plants rated zones 3-5 will survive the winter temperatures in your area.
  • If you live in very warm winter areas (zones 9-11) plants with zones 3-4 ratings are not recommended. The lack of freezing winter temperatures do not provide a time for winter dormancy (rest).

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Plant Information
(48-72" tall x 24-36""wide) Also known as Japanese and Lavender Mist Meadow Rue, this perennial graces your garden with tall clouds of lavender-pink blooms accented by bright yellow stamens. Use it to draw attention to a meadow or flower border where the tall, airy flowers rise above their neighbors, or take advantage of meadow rue’s dramatic upright form that makes it a natural for large planters and architectural-style containers. Meadow Rue looks particularly good when planted in groups. This durable perennial is deer and rabbit resistant for easy gardening. Choose a site with rich soil in full sun to part shade — the plant appreciates afternoon shade in hot summer sun. The sturdy, 4-6’ stems rarely need staking and the lofty blooms bring some air and lightness to summer bouquets. Contact with the foliage can cause skin and eye irritation. Note: This meadow rue is a different species than the herb rue (Ruta graveolens), which is toxic if ingested in large doses.
More Information
Item Package Size
Plant - 3" Pot
Common Name
Meadow Rue
Botanical Name
Thalictrum rochebrunianum
3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Light Requirements
Full Sun, Half Sun / Half Shade
Flower Color
Mature Height
48-72" tall (4-6 feet)
Mature Spread
24-36" wide
Growth Rate
Bloom Time
Mid to late summer
Planting Depth
Crown of plant should rest just at or above the soil surface after watering in.
Ships As
Potted Plant
Lacy blue-green foliage.
Soil Type
Loamy Soil, Sandy Soil, Well-Drained Soil
Soil Moisture
Moist / Wet
Deer Resistant, Great For Mass Plantings, Extended Bloom Time (more than 4 weeks), Good For Cut Flowers, Good For Containers, Rabbit Resistant
Additional Information
Sturdy stems do not require staking.
Ideal Region
Northeast, Midwest, West, Southwest, Pacific Northwest
Planting Time
Spring / Summer
Neonicotinoid Free
Poisonous or Toxic to Animals
Skin and eye irritant.
Ships to Hawaii, Alaska & Canada

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