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Thalictrum aquilegiifolium 'Thundercloud'

Family: Ranunculaceae (ra-nun-kew-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Thalictrum (tha-LIK-trum) (Info)
Species: aquilegiifolium (ak-wil-egg-ee-FOH-lee-um) (Info)
Cultivar: Thundercloud

Synonym:Thalictrum aquilegifolium

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

18-24 in. (45-60 cm)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

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Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Self-sows freely; deadhead if you do not want volunteer seedlings next season

Soil pH requirements:
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive NancyFrPinawa On Jul 27, 2011, NancyFrPinawa from Pinawa
Canada wrote:

I wanted to agree with the above person's comment that supplied the photo this plant definitely survives in Zone 2a and in pretty poor hard clay soil. It is very popular with butterflies and bees and other insects. A very worthy plant for the garden. As it matures it gets very large and has more blooms.

A picture and article will be available in the Pinawa Life Newsletter in July 2011 under Nancy's Notes On Gardening go to I hope this last bit is appropriate.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Plainfield, Illinois
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Litchfield, New Hampshire
Buffalo, New York
Wallkill, New York
Lexington, Virginia
Madison, Wisconsin

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