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Thalictrum delavayi

Meadow rue

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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour






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photo by Howard Rice, copyright GAP Photos (56196)

Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), this pretty perennial makes a good choice for a moist, partially shaded spot in the garden. From mid-summer to early autumn, it produces airy clouds of lilac to white flowers. To propagate divide plants as soon as growth begins in spring or sow seed in early spring.

Family: Ranunculaceae

Genus: Thalictrum

Species: delavayi

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Lilac

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Partial shade

Soil: Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 60cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: March to April

Reader reviews


i love this plant, it was my favourite plant this summer.
the foliage is delicate and the flowers are so perfectly shaped, its gorgeous.

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