Meadow rue

Thalictrum 'Black Stockings'

Meadow rue - Thalictrum  'Black Stockings'

Common Name: Meadow rue
Genus: Thalictrum
Cultivar: 'Black Stockings'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Has interesting foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 2.00 m (200 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.75 m (75 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple, Pink
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: June & July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

A new variety of popular meadow rue this has lavender-purple flowers held high on striking jet-black stems. Each small flower is made up of tiny strands like downy thistles giving the plant a hazy fluffy effect. The foliage is pretty too scalloped and lacy. This willowy tall perennial makes a striking feature towards the back of a partially shady border or as a contrast to larger-leaved plants. It looks at home and happy as part of a cottage-garden scheme but it associates well with grasses too.

  • Garden care: May need supporting with brushwood or garden canes. Divide congested plants as new growth begins in spring although divisions may be slow to re-establish. In autumn cut back flower stems to the ground.


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