Thalictrum ichangense 'Purple Marble'

Meadow rue

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Thalictrum ichangense 'Purple Marble'

Plant details

Plants in the Meadow rue genus, Thalictrum, have aquilegia-like leaves and bear large clusters of small flowers in shades of white, yellow, pink and purple. There are around 130 species, native to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, where they grow in moist and/or shady places such as in wet meadows and on riverbanks. Most species are happy growing in sun or partial shade, in rich, moist but well-drained soil.

Thalictrum ichangense  'Purple Marble' is a superb border plant, bearing tall flower stems on which  fuzzy lilac flowers appear in early to mid summer. For best results grow in moist, rich soil in partial shade. Stake plants or grow them against a wall or fence, as they have a tendency to flop. Cut down the stems after flowering.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Thalictrum

Species: ichangense

Cultivar: Purple Marble

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: 30cm

Spread: 30cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: September to November, March to April

Time to prune: September to November

Time to plant: March to June

Flowering period: March to April

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