Meadow rue

Thalictrum delavayi 'Hewitt's Double'

Meadow rue - Thalictrum delavayi  'Hewitt's Double'

Common Name: Meadow rue
Genus: Thalictrum
Species: delavayi
Cultivar: 'Hewitt's Double'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.20 m (120 cm)
Sun/Shade: Partial shadeSpread: 0.60 m (60 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: July to September

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

Airy sprays of tiny long-lasting rich-mauve pompom-like flowers on slender dark purple stems above clumps of fern-like grey-green leaves. This much sought-after double variety of meadow rue is perfect towards the back of a moist herbaceous border. To minimise wind-damage to the dainty flowers grow in a spot where it is sheltered and supported by neighbouring plants.

  • Garden care: Stake using ring stakes or brush-wood before the flowers appear. Cut back the stems after flowering. Add a generous 5-7cm (2-3in) mulch of well-rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the plant in spring. Lift and divide congested plants in spring

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