Tall Meadow Rue (Thalictrum pubescens)

Common names:
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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Full Shade
Water Preferences: Wet
Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 3 feet to 8 feet (.9-2.4 m)
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
White
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Summer
Underground structures: Rhizome
Suitable Locations: Bog gardening
Uses: Culinary Herb
Cut Flower
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Culinary Herb/Spice
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Butterflies
Resistances: Flood Resistant
Pollinators: Various insects

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Location: Allentown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2015-06-28
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Location: near Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-06-29wild plant in bloom at a run
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Location: near Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-06-29close-up of flowers
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Location: near Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-06-29plant to left with skunk-cabbage around
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Location: near Downingtown, PennsylvaniaDate: 2016-06-29close-up of foliage
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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Mar 3, 2018 1:03 PM

By looking online for information, I found out that Thalictrum pubescens is the same species as T. polygamum, the Tall Meadow-Rue. (However, there is a similar species found farther west that is T. dasycarpum that is also called the Tall Meadow-Rue that differs in being dioecious with male flowers having 12 dangling threadlike white stamens and female flowers with 10 threadlike pistils.) This Eastern Tall Meadow-Rue or Muskrat-Weed also does not have petals but it has on all flowers white threadlike stamens that make a pretty, fine-textured, plume-like, starry, delicate flower. It grows 2 to 8 feet high in moist or wet soils in swamps, meadows, and along watercourses or ponds & lakes. Its native range is from southeast Canada into Indiana and Long Island down to northern Georgia. I see it here and there in a few spots around in southeast Pennsylvania. I think that invasive plants and disturbances from humankind have made it less common. A few eastern native plant nurseries may sell it.

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