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Thalictrum aquilegifolium 'Thundercloud'

Meadow rue

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


photo by Martin Hughes-Jones, copyright GAP Photos (202578)

Plant details

A superb border plant where plenty of humus has been dug into the soil, it sends up a superb array of flower stems which are topped by a hazy, fuzzy show of purple flowers. They add a marvellous, gentle effect in midsummer which contrasts well with more stately, formal plants. The seeds are equally attractive. The reason for the second part of the part of the name is that the leaves look very similar to those of an aquilegia. In open, exposed areas the plants need to be supported. It has been given the Award of Garden Merit (AGM) by the Royal Horticultural Society.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Thalictrum

Species: aquilegifolium

Cultivar: Thundercloud

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lilac

Foliage colour: Light green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Chalky/alkaline, Moist, Sandy

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 100cm

Spread: 45cm

Time to divide plants: September to November

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